BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – One of two men charged with a robbery of a UMass student which ultimately caused a campus-wide lockdown, was briefly in a Belchertown courtroom Tuesday. There was no resolution to the case of William McKeown of Framingham, as members of the prosecution and defense are still in talks. A Northampton grand jury is expected to make a decision on an indictment before the next court date, which is July 27.
A second suspect in the case, 23 year-old Shawn Wyatt of Framingham, was sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to larceny and assault and battery charges.
According to Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Wyatt admitted that he and McKeown went to the UMass campus on February 18 in order to sell marijuana to the victim. Instead of providing the student with real marijuana, however, they provided shredded vegetables. Wyatt hit the victim with his fists, as well as a BB gun before both suspects ran off with the victim’s money.
The school was placed on lockdown for nearly two hours because it was believed at the time that the weapon used in the robbery was a real gun.
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McKeown turned himself in at the Framingham police station the day after the incident, while Wyatt was not charged until nearly a month later.
McKeown is currently out on bail, but is being monitored with a GPS bracelet.