KSU students plead guilty to felony charges for break-in

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

Five Kent State University students have admitted to breaking into a house following a fight at an East Main Street fast food restaurant in December 2012, and are seeking court-ordered drug treatment to avoid felony convictions.

David D. Coleman and Dontell E. Higgins, both 21, Kwan L. Bailey, 22, SeVaughn L. Knight, 20, and Austin S. Wilson, 19, of South Euclid, all pleaded guilty to one count each of trespass in a habitation, all fourth-degree felonies, according to Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci. All pleaded guilty to the charge in Portage County Common Pleas Court on June 13 except Wilson, who pleaded guilty May 20.

All five pleas were accepted, and the defendants were ordered to be interviewed for drug treatment intervention in lieu of a felony conviction. If they complete one year of drug treatment and follow Judge Laurie Pittman's orders, the charges will be dismissed and records of their convictions expunged.

The five men were initially charged with second-degree felony burglary after Kent police accused them of breaking into a residence in the 100 block of University Drive on Dec. 1, 2012, following a fight at the Burger King on East Main Street. Police said the men were seen kicking and rocking a vehicle in the parking lot of the restaurant after an argument with the vehicle's occupants.

The men then went to a house at 126 University Drive, forced their way into an apartment there and stole electronics and other items, according to Kent police.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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