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Richard Graham sentenced to two months, two years probation, for trespassing at stranger’s apartment, burglary

Richard Wayne Graham, 41, was sentenced on Feb. 25 to 18 months in prison, with a requirement that he serve two months, and two years of supervised probation for kicking in the door of a stranger’s home on Jan. 1, 2020, while he was drunk and trespassing at their home.

Judge Richard Hagar gave Graham credit for the 43 days he has already served in prison and also ordered him to pay $1,750 in court costs. He received a concurrent sentence for a Class C felony burglary charge on March 1, 2020 and was also ordered to pay $2,525 in court costs in that case.

For a separate incident of Class A misdemeanor providing false information to law enforcement on Oct. 30, 2020, Hagar ordered Graham to pay $500 in court costs. The state dismissed a Class C felony charge of fleeing a peace officer. For an incident of possession of methamphetamine on Dec. 19, 2020, Hagar ordered Graham to serve two years of supervised probation, obtain a chemical dependency evaluation, and to pay $525 in court costs.

Other charges were dropped against Graham earlier. The state dismissed three Class C felony child neglect and two Class C felony failure to report a missing child under age 13 charges against Graham in November 2020. All of the charges were related to a February 2020 incident.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court in the Class C felony criminal trespass incident, the apartment residents were asleep and woke up to a loud banging noise coming from the front door. Just as the woman was about to get up to see what the noise was, Graham came into their bedroom. Graham was demanding $12 and asking for someone named Jason. The residents of the apartment did not recognize Graham and had not given him permission to enter their home. The couple ordered Graham to leave but he refused. The woman grabbed a black bat and told Graham to leave again, but he still refused to leave until he heard the man on the phone calling the police. Graham then left the apartment but tried to push the door open again after the man closed the door. Graham eventually left and started walking away from the building. Police found damage to the front door. There were shoe prints on the door and the inside door frame on the door knob side had been completely ripped off. The dead bolt was still in place. They located Graham and placed him under arrest after the incident.

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