Thursday was a busy day in the Starke Circuit Court, as several sentences were handed down by Judge Kim Hall.
After pleading guilty on April 23 to several charges stemming from an armed robbery incident at the Knox CVS Pharmacy on December 20, 2010, Jonathan and Nathan Hummel received their sentences in court.
Jonathan Hummel was sentenced to 30-and-a-half years in the Department of Corrections as per a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to Dealing in a Narcotic Drug as a Class A felony; Robbery as a Class B felony; Aiding, Inducing, or Causing a Robbery as a Class B felony, and Criminal Mischief as a Class D felony. A separate cause was dismissed and all pending cases in Knox City Court were dismissed. Hummel is required to pay $2946.13 for damages to a police squad car, and $11,924 in restitution to the Knox CVS.
Nathan Hummel will serve 25 years in the Department of Corrections on charges of Dealing in a Narcotic Drug as a Class B felony; Robbery as a Class B felony; Aiding, Inducing, or Causing a Robbery as a Class B felony; and Disarming an Officer as a Class C felony. He is required to pay the same amount of restitution as Jonathan.
James Ritenour, III, will serve three years in the Department of Corrections and one year in the Starke County Jail, according to a verbal plea agreement accepted in court yesterday. He was found guilty of allegations that he held a knife to his mother’s throat and threatened her. He also was said to have thrown her to the floor and stomped on her.
A 12-member jury found Ritenour not guilty on charges of Battery with a Deadly Weapon, a Class C Felony; and Criminal Recklessness, a Class D Felony. He was found guilty on two counts of Intimidation, as Class D Felonies, and one count of Interference with Reporting a Crime, a Class A Misdemeanor.