A 21-year-old Lincoln man apologized for breaking into the home of Nebraska's head football coach last summer before he got two to four years in prison for it Tuesday, plus a year more on an unrelated drug charge.

"I can't apologize to Scott Frost because he's not here right now," Andrew M. Williams told Lancaster County District Judge Susan Strong first, adding that he was under the influence of drugs at the time.

He said he hasn't gotten treatment for his drug addiction, but he's trying to do what he can to be a better man.

Last month, Williams pleaded guilty to burglary and to possession of methamphetamine in a separate case as part of a plea agreement.

Williams' attorney, DeAnn Stover, said he talked to her from the start of his case about wanting drug treatment. Drugs have been a problem for him for years, she said.

Lincoln police said Williams and two others entered Frost's home through an unlocked garage door July 27 and stole shoes, football helmets and artwork valued at $50,000. Frost initially thought 14 championship rings were taken, but he later found them.

Two days after the burglary, an officer stopped a vehicle Williams was riding in and saw distinctive Oregon Ducks Air Jordan shoes that matched the description of shoes stolen in the Frost burglary, according to an affidavit for his arrest.

An officer arrested Williams in August and found the green Air Jordans and other items stolen from Frost's house in his car, the affidavit said.

In the end, the judge said it was difficult to consider Williams an appropriate candidate for probation given that he didn't cooperate with a probation officer on a pre-sentence investigation and that he since has been jailed on a new offense.

"Some of these offenses are very serious," Strong said.

And she gave him three to five years in prison. He has served roughly four months already. With credit for good time, he would be eligible for parole in a little more than a year.

Two 17-year-olds accused of being involved in the burglary with Williams are awaiting trial in adult court.



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