Regent loses another appeal in theft case

2013-04-18T08:30:00Z 2013-04-21T21:31:13Z Regent loses another appeal in theft caseThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 18, 2013 8:30 am  • 

KEARNEY -- The state Appeals Court has upheld the misdemeanor theft conviction of a University of Nebraska regent.

The court ruled earlier this week that there was sufficient evidence to support the 2011 verdict against Kent Schroeder.

Schroeder represents District 6, which includes much of central Nebraska, from the Kansas state line north to South Dakota.

Schroeder, a lawyer, was acquitted of criminal trespassing but convicted in June 2011 of theft. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay court costs. He appealed the Buffalo County Court conviction to district court but lost in April 2012.

Police have said that on Feb. 26, 2011, Schroeder entered an unlocked home that was rented by Michael Lohmann. Police said Schroeder took a $30 snow shovel and returned it a day later when confronted by a friend of Lohmann's.

Schroeder testified that he had talked to the owner of the property about buying it and assumed the house was vacant because of damage from a fire a month earlier. Schroeder said he thought he had permission to enter the home. He also said he was only borrowing the shovel for use that day and intended to return it. But he ran short of time, he said, and put it in one of his own properties nearby.

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