Alleged confessions in November 11 home burglary result in charges against couple PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:37

With each individual allegedly confessing to participation in a November 11 home burglary on Boatman Road, charges have been filed in Scott Circuit Court against two people.

Brandon W. Lesnet, 30, and Stephanie Alisha Dawson, 23, both of Austin, are currently being held at the Scott County Security Center in downtown Scottsburg. Each is charged with Level 4 felony burglary, Level 4 conspiracy to commit burglary and Level 6 theft. According to the couple’s probable cause affidavits, Dawson was interviewed twice on November 12 and 16 by Sgt. Joe Nicholson of the Scottsburg Police Department and Detective Rick Barrett of the Sheriff’s Department, respectively.

Dawson reportedly told Sgt. Nicholson that Lesnet had broken into the house and removed several guns, which they then took to a residence in Austin. When talking to Det. Barrett, Dawson gave different versions of the crime. She said Lesnet drove them to the house and went into the residence, taking the guns. She also related that Lesnet had agreed to give her $150 for her participation in the crime.

Det. Jeremy Arnold with the Sheriff’s Department talked to Lesnet, who said that Dawson and another man had committed the burglary and that he was innocent. When he was being booked into the local jail, Lesnet allegedly stated that he had committed the burglary, directing Dawson where to drive. The guns, including some antique models, were first taken to a man’s home in Austin, but that man refused to get involved. The couple then allegedly took the guns to Dawson’s apartment, where they remained overnight. The next day, Lesnet said he took the guns out of state and traded them for money and heroin. The initial date for jury trials for the pair was set for April 12. Bail in both cases was fixed at $75,000 by corporate surety bond and $15,000 by cash. Prosecutor Jason Mount filed an Habitual Offender Status in Lesnet’s case. Such status could result in any sentence being enhanced that Lesnet receives if convicted. Lesnet is currently being held without bond for 15 days because the Prosecutor’s Office also filed a petition for detainer and/or greater-than-standard bond. The bond remains unchanged in his case.