North Judson Man Receives Seven-Year Prison Sentence

A North Judson man was sentenced to a total of seven years in the Indiana Department of Corrections in a sentencing hearing in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday morning.

Jeffrey Jacobs, 39, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to three counts: Domestic Battery as a Class D felony, Battery as a Class D felony and Resisting Law Enforcement as a Class A misdemeanor.

Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall sentenced Jacobs to 24 months in the Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended on both battery counts. Those sentences will be served consecutively. Jacobs was also sentenced to 12 months in the Starke County Jail on the charge of Resisting Law Enforcement. No part of that sentence was suspended and that will be served concurrently to his other sentence.

Jacobs also pleaded guilty to a probation violation as he failed to pay court costs, program fees and probation user fees. He was sentenced to serve three years on that charge which will be served consecutively to the aforementioned sentences.

As part of his sentence, he will seek help in a therapeutic community and if he successfully completes the CLIFF or GRIP substance abuse programs, he may petition the court to modify his sentence.

Three other charges in this case were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Jacobs admitted to battering his wife in front of his two children and battering his son in an incident that occurred in North Judson in November.

Hall stated that the plea agreement between Jacobs and the state is in the best interest of justice.