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Pair sentenced in Millikin University apartment burglary case

Pair sentenced in Millikin University apartment burglary case


DECATUR — Two men who pleaded guilty to stealing from an apartment near Millikin University have been sentenced separately in the case.

Deion J. Sims, 19, of Memphis, Tennessee, who pleaded guilty to stealing from fellow Millikin students, was sentenced to 24 months' probation Wednesday and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. Sims declined to comment after his sentence hearing in Macon County Circuit Court.

Sims had been facing a nonprobational charge of residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, but the charge was amended to burglary, a Class 2 probational felony, in a plea deal negotiated by his attorney, Nrupa Patel. Sims will also have to pay court costs and a $250 fee to have his DNA indexed in an Illinois State Police database.

It was virtually the same plea deal given to Nicholas K. Lotts, 18, of St. Louis, a former Millikin freshman football player. He had taken part in the burglary the night of Dec. 1 with Sims when they stole a soundbar and Sony games system from a fellow student’s apartment in the 1100 block of West Wood Street.

Lotts also pleaded guilty to an amended burglary charge charge and received 24 months' probation but was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Sims requested that his probation be transferred to Tennessee, and Judge Jeffrey Geisler said that would be OK with him, but he but could not guarantee Tennessee would agree.

Millikin Unversity has previously declined comment on the case or the academic status of Sims and Lotts. 

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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