Man apologizes for ’87 theft from University

(AP) — A southwest Missouri man has been sentenced to probation for stealing a statue from Wichita State more than 25 years ago.courts-gavel

Mitchel R. Potter of Lamar, Mo., has pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property in connection with the 1987 theft of a bronze bust of poet Robert Frost from WSU. Potter, who was not a student at Wichita State, was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Potter, now 45, says he stole the statue when he was a 19-year-old fraternity pledge and that he should have left the sculpture alone.

He was arrested last year after a tip led authorities to the bust at Potter’s home. Potter has returned the statue, which is now in storage at Wichita State.

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  • Robert Duffy

    That statue took “The Road Less Traveled.”

  • Legal professionals only

    Do we have an legal experts on here. Answer me a question, use out of

    curiosity. Doesn’t the two year statute of limitations apply here? Or am I interpreting that wrong? I always assumed that unless an arrest warrant was issued before two years had passed from the time the crime occurred that it could not be prosecuted afterward.