Guilty plea for robber who caused lockdown on UMass campus

Shawn Wyatt sentenced to two years in jail

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WWLP file image from March 2016 shows Shawn Wyatt during his arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – A 23 year-old man will spend two years in jail for his role in a robbery that caused a lockdown on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus back in February. Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office told 22News that Shawn Wyatt of Framingham pleaded guilty Friday at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

Wyatt admitted to charges of larceny from a person, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.

Carey says that Wyatt admitted he and William McKeown went to the UMass campus on February 18 in order to sell marijuana to the victim. A fight started after the victim noticed that what was being sold wasn’t marijuana at all, but rather, shredded vegetables. Wyatt hit the victim with his fists, as well as with a BB gun, before both ran off with the victim’s money.

At the time, it was believed that the weapon was a real gun, so UMass students received a warning about a “hostile armed person on campus.” They were ordered to stay where they were for nearly two hours until it was determined that everything was safe.

McKeown, also a Framingham resident, turned himself in to police in his hometown the day after the incident. Wyatt was not charged until nearly a month later.

Carey says that Wyatt will receive credit for the 66 days he has already spent in jail, and will have to serve one year of probation after his release from the Hampshire County House of Correction.

The case against McKeown is still pending. He is currently out on bail, but is being monitored with a GPS bracelet. He is due back in Eastern Hampshire District Court on June 21.

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