By News-Times staff
YORK – Prosper Gilpin, 20, one of four former York College students accused of beating a man, stealing his property and breaking into several vehicles in York last March, has been convicted.
The current Winnebago resident has been sentenced by York County District Court to probation on the amended misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and misdemeanor theft.
He was initially charged with the following facts:
• Robbery, a class 2 crime
• Conspiracy to commit a class 2 crime, a class 2 crime
• Criminal possession of multiple financial transaction devices, a class 4 crime
• Third degree assault, a class 1 offense
• Identity theft, a class 1 offense
• Theft by illegal catch, $ 0 to $ 500, a class 2 misdemeanor
A jury trial is scheduled for late September.
The case began when the York Police Department was sent to 6 Arbor Court in reference to an assault that took place on the college campus, according to the probable cause affidavit filed with York County Court.
The victim told police that he was walking around listening to music around 5 a.m. and was in the area of the college prayer chapel when “someone grabbed him from behind and pushed him to the ground. Two individuals punched and kicked him while he was on the ground. He tried to retaliate but couldn’t. He suffered superficial abrasions on both knees. He said the punches and kicks caused him pain. The two individuals started rummaging in his pockets, but there was nothing in it. The individuals took the hat he was wearing, which was then on the ground, and fled.