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Tonganoxie man faces charges in KU armed robbery

October 6, 2004

A rural Tonganoxie man is facing charges in Lawrence stemming from the theft of a vehicle at gunpoint on the Kansas University campus.

Jesse Allen Plaster, 23, is charged with aggravated robbery and fleeing to elude. Lawrence police say Plaster approached an 18-year-old female resident of Gertrude Sellards Pearson and Corbin residence halls inside a parking garage, pulled a gun and demanded her keys and backpack. Plaster fired the gun as he got into the car, police said. Plaster led officers on a pursuit that started at Sixth and Iowa streets in Lawrence and ended on a dead-end street near campus.

A preliminary hearing for Plaster is set for 2 p.m. next Wednesday in Douglas County District Court, according to the county attorney office. Plaster remained in the Douglas County Jail on Tuesday, in lieu of $60,000 bond, a jail official said.

Most recently, Plaster led a Leavenworth County sheriff's deputy on a lengthy chase that ended when Plaster's vehicle went off the road, struck a utility pole, overturned several times and caught on fire.

Plaster and his passenger were injured when they were thrown from the vehicle. Plaster was released from the hospital the following day.

Leavenworth County prosecutors have not filed any charges in connection with that incident, according to Deborah Owens of the Leavenworth County attorney's office.

Currently, Plaster also is accused of violating his parole from prison because he didn't report to his parole officer, according to Bill Miskell of the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Miskell provided the following information on Plaster's record:

Plaster was convicted in Leavenworth County of one count of fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer, his third conviction, sentenced on July 28, 2000, to eight months in prison. That sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation. His probation was revoked and he was admitted to prison on March 2, 2001. That sentence expired May 25, 2001.

Plaster was subsequently convicted of one count of burglary of a motor vehicle in Leavenworth County District Court and sentenced on Jan. 25, 2002, to 12 months in prison. He was convicted of a second count of burglary of a motor vehicle in the same case and sentenced to six months. Those sentences were suspended and he was placed on probation. His probation was revoked in this case and he was admitted to prison on July 15, 2002, as a probation violator. That sentence expired March 25, 2003.

He was subsequently convicted of one count of attempted burglary of a motor vehicle in Johnson County District Court and sentenced on May 10, 2002, to 11 months in prison. That sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation. He was subsequently convicted of one count of attempted aggravated escape from custody in Johnson County District Court and sentenced on Nov. 5, 2003, to 10 months in prison. He was admitted to prison on December 3, 2003, as a probation violator with a new sentence. He was released to a detainer in Douglas County on July 9, 2004. That detainer was satisfied on July 28, and he was placed under supervision in Leavenworth County. On Sept. 8, the Kansas Department of Corrections issued a warrant for Plaster's arrest for violating conditions of supervision.

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