Friday, October 19, 2012

More deals: 4 years probation in HSU dorm invasion case

Eureka man gets 4 years probation in HSU dorm invasion case

Jules Aubrey Dawson, 24, appeared in custody in front of Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Christopher Wilson flanked by his public defender Greg Elvine-Kreis. Dawson addressed the court, apologizing for his actions....

Dawson was arrested Jan. 23 by the Eureka Police Department on a $100,000 warrant. He pleaded guilty Sept. 21 to charges of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and grand theft from a person for his role in an HSU dorm invasion. He was on felony probation at the time the crime was committed, according to court records.

The victim in the Dec. 2, 2011, dorm invasion reported that three men broke into his room, bound his arms and legs and stole property. He reported being physically assaulted by the suspects, but no weapons were observed, according to a university press release following the incident. The victim declined medical attention.

Wilson said he considers Dawson's actions to be an extremely serious offense.
”I have no doubt the victim was terrified in this matter,” Wilson said.

He said instead of placing Dawson in prison for four years -- where he'll likely be out quickly and not supervised for very long -- he'd prefer to see him serve that time on probation.

”By putting you on probation, I can monitor you,” Wilson said.

...Dawson is one of four men law enforcement officials believe participated in the invasion and robbery.

Former HSU student Benjamin Beilin is facing charges of robbery, residential burglary, false imprisonment and assault with a weapon for giving the other three suspects his key card, according to his defense attorney Manny Daskal. Beilin's trial is scheduled for Nov. 5.

Participant Eric Schneekluth pleaded guilty to first degree residential burglary in January, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years probation.

Suspect Miles B. Sharp is wanted on a $100,000 felony warrant, and is believed to be in Southern California, according to HSU representatives.

◼ UPDATE: Fourth suspect in dorm invasion arrested; Sharp transported to Humboldt County jail from San Diego - Grant Scott-Goforth/The Times-Standard

The fourth suspect in a December 2011 dorm invasion robbery on the Humboldt State University campus was transferred to the Humboldt County jail Thursday, the same day a Eureka man was sentenced to four years probation for his involvement in the invasion.

Miles B. Sharp was named a suspect in December, and had a $100,000 warrant for his arrest.

A Humboldt County Sheriff's Office transport officer picked Sharp up in Sonoma County on Thursday after arranging for his transfer from San Diego, according to Lt. Steve Knight of the sheriff's office.

University Police Sgt. Joseph Jones said no charges have been filed yet, but that the District Attorney's office is aware of the arrest.

The circumstances and date of his arrest are unclear.