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Horne pleads not guilty to apartment robbery

By Corene Brisendine

A man accused of shooting another man while robbing him and others in an apartment in October pleaded not guilty during his arraignment hearing Monday.

Levertis Horne made that plea to two counts of aggravated robbery with a hand gun, one count of attempted robbery, one count of an overt act toward aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated burglary, and one count of causing great bodily harm to Chase Cargil in the incident that occurred on Oct. 5.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 1, with the trial scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2.

If convicted, Horne could face up to 247 months and $300,000 in fines for the two counts of aggravated robbery, up to 136 months and $300,000 in fines for the overt act toward aggravated robbery, 136 months and $300,000 in fines for aggravated burglary, and 172 months and $300,000 in fines for the cause of great harm.

On Nov. 21, Horne was arrested for aggravated robbery and aggravated battery following an investigation into a home invasion reported in October. It was reported that during the incident, Cargil, 20, was shot in the upper torso while he and other Kansas State University students were being robbed in Cargil’s apartment.

Horne was also arrested and later released in August 2011 after police dropped charges of aiding in the beating death of Kevin Cockrum, a 31-year-old Army veteran, in Aggieville. Justin Taylor, 26, who was arrested with Horne, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal that included a plea of no contest to the 2010 rape of a 57-year-old Manhattan woman. Taylor was sentenced to a total of 214 months, 59 months for voluntary manslaughter and 155 months for the rape.

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