Former UI student accused of robbery sentenced to probation

Takes plea deal, avoids 30-year prison sentence

A former University of Iowa student accused of robbing an Iowa City convenience store with a knife while wearing a ski mask in December 2011 has been sentenced to three years probation.

Jonathan T. Bogaard, 22, originally was charged with first-degree robbery, fourth-degree theft, assault with a weapon and being armed with intent. He could have been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison, but instead received supervised probation as part of a plea deal.

Bogaard pleaded guilty in January to going armed with intent and first-degree theft. All the other charges were dropped. His judgment was a deferred sentence, meaning Bogaard’s record could be cleared of the felony convictions if he stays out of trouble for the duration of his probation.

He also has to pay back his financial obligations within two years, according to online court records.

Bogaard was arrested in 2011 on suspicion of robbing the L&M Might Shop, 504 E. Burlington St., on Dec. 14, 2011, while wearing a ski mask and brandishing a knife. He fled the store with cash, according to police.

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