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Former Texas Tech football player charged with burglary

A former Texas Tech backup offensive lineman was taken into police custody on May 27. The 20-year-old man was charged with burglary of a habitation for an incident that took place towards the end of 2015. Representatives from Texas Tech did not comment on the matter, but the school did confirm that the man had already been dismissed from its football team.

According to the affidavit, investigators believe that the accused man stole a gun safe containing seven or more weapons, a camera and a television set on Dec. 20. Investigators connected the man to the theft crimes after the owner of the stolen weapons discovered one of the shotguns in a pawnshop in March. Another man told investigators that he paid the accused man $1,400 for some weapons that were later found to be stolen from the same house.

Investigators spoke with the accused man on May 3, and he allegedly admitted that he had stolen the items. He said that he and two other people were looking for money in the house but decided to take the gun safe instead. The former college football player said that he gave the money he made from selling the stolen guns to his father who was having financial problems.

People who are facing theft charges may receive greater leniency in sentencing if they confess to prosecutors. However, they do not have to incriminate themselves the first time that they speak with investigators. A criminal defense attorney may advise a defendant to remain silent when speaking with investigators and wait until charges are actually filed to decide how to plead.

Source: Brown County Democrat, "Affidavit: Ex-Texas Tech player stole guns in burglary," May 31, 2016

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