Former U of M student sentenced to 6 years for home invasion at housing complex near campus

Former U of M student sentenced to 6 years for home invasion at housing complex near campus
Lawan Razany

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A former University of Memphis student has been sentenced to six years for his role in an armed home invasion at a housing complex last year.

Lawan Razany, 19, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated burglary in March, according to Shelby County court records.

The case dates back to Dec. 6 when a man told police four people wearing black masks and carrying guns knocked on the door and forced their way into an apartment at the Gather on Southern.

The group demanded cash from several roommates, according to a police affidavit. The victims reported an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iPhone 6, two North Face bags, a wallet and a Glock handgun were all stolen from the apartment.

One of the victims told investigators he recognized one of the men as Lawan Razany – a person with whom he fought at a party three months earlier.

The victims also reported one of the suspects yelled “Lawan, hurry up” as the group left the building.

Investigators have not announced the arrests of any other suspects.

Police initially arrested Razany for attempted aggravated robbery, using a firearm in a felony and aggravated burglary. A grand jury chose in March to indict only on the burglary charge.

Razany was enrolled at the University of Memphis as a biology major at the time of the burglary but did not register for the following spring semester, according to the school’s registrar office.

Razany is the second former student this month to be sentenced for incidents at the housing complex.

On Friday, Tyler Davis pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment for firing a handgun while rolling down a walkway in an office chair.

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