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Man sentenced for 4 years after foiled robbery

Updated: Thursday, August 7 2014, 01:42 PM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- A tear-filled guilty plea was followed by an apology from Hopedale's Kenneth Lucas on Thursday morning inside a Jefferson County courtroom for his role in a 2013 burglary in Knoxville where he and others were accused of entering a home and trying to get away with several guns.
Lucas told the judge he has to get his life back on track. It's a process he'll have to begin while serving 4 years behind bars.
"I'm sorry for what I've done, for the time I've wasted between the courts, myself, my family, and the plaintiff," Lucas said. "It's not the life I want to live."
Remorse was written on Lucas' face as he admitted to playing a part in a burglary at a trailer along SR 152. The charges were handed down in a September 2013 indictment and answered Thursday morning.
Below is the exchange between Lucas and Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese during the proceedings
Bruzzese: "Did you go in the house?"
Lucas: "No, I didn't Sir."
Bruzzese: "Did your buddies go in the house?
Lucas: "Yes, Sir."
Bruzzese: "Are you in cahoots with them?"
Lucas: "Yes, Sir."
Bruzzese: "Did they go into the house to steal stuff?"
Lucas: "Yes Sir?
Bruzzese: "Was some of it guns?
Lucas: "Yes sir."
Prosecutor Mike Calabria noted the group tried to get away with at least three guns -- a handgun and two riffles. Lucas ditched the guns when a neighbor approached and foiled the burglary attempt.
As for a motive, here's more from the exchange between Bruzzese and Lucas:

Lucas: "Drugs, Sir,"
Bruzzese: "You're not charged with drugs. Everybody always wants to tell me, 'Well I made a mistake,' but you're not charged with a mistake. You're not charged with drugs. Here's what you're charged with: You're charged with going into somebody's house to steal stuff."
It was an act that will land Lucas behind bars for an agreed upon 4 years. That's 4 less than he could have served, but he still has plenty of time to try and turn his life around.
"The first thing on my list is my GED," Lucas said. "Drug classes, and get into the welding program when I get out to better myself, not just for myself but for my wife and kids and show society that I can be a good citizen like I was."
As part of plea agreement, Lucas must help in the prosecution of any others connected to this case. While the prosecution would not give an exact number of individuals, he did confirm that additional indictments are likely.

Man sentenced for 4 years after foiled robbery

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