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Alexis Houston Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Hearing

Published: July 30th, 2014

 Alexis Houston was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

Houston previously pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to charges of possession of methamphetamine as a Class D felony and visiting a common nuisance as a Class B misdemeanor.

Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall accepted the plea agreement. Houston was sentenced to two years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with one year suspended to be served on probation on the charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was also sentenced to serve six months in the Starke County Jail with no part of the sentence suspended on the charge of visiting a common nuisance. The sentence was permitted to be served on home detention.

The sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time.

Defendants Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Published: July 11th, 2014

  Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall sentenced defendants in court Thursday after conducting several hearings.

Joshua Hansen, of Hamlet, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to charges of dealing in methamphetamine as a Class B felony and maintaining a common nuisance as a Class D felony. Judge Kim Hall accepted the plea agreement and Hansen was sentenced per the terms of that agreement. Hansen will serve eight years in the department of corrections with two years of the sentence suspended on the charge of dealing in methamphetamine and 18 months with no part of the sentence suspended on the charge of maintaining a common nuisance. He will serve two years on probation. If he successfully completes the CLIFF or GRIP program or other purposeful incarceration, he may petition the court for a modification of his sentence.

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Judge Kim Hall Rejects Plea Agreement in Arson Case

Published: June 26th, 2014

  Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall rejected a plea agreement in the case of Sally Morin in a hearing Wednesday morning.

Morin, 48, of San Pierre is accused of arson with the intent to defraud as a Class C felony. It is alleged that she intentionally set her kitchen on fire at her Knox home by pouring gasoline and lighting it on fire on March 27, 2013. She admitted to the act in court in that she initially meant to claim insurance money.

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Two Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Published: June 26th, 2014

Two offenders were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Wednesday morning.

David Risner, 54, of North Judson pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to a charge of possession by a meth offender as a Class D felony. Risner purchased a product containing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine and he wasn’t aware that it was against the law for him to purchase it. He was previously convicted on a possession of precursors or chemical reagents charge in June 2011 and by law he cannot purchase that certain product with that prior conviction. Read the rest of this entry »

Jury Trial Ends in Starke Circuit Court

Published: June 20th, 2014

 A 12-member jury has returned with a verdict a trial in Starke Circuit Court.

The jury members took 50 minutes to find Brad Allen guilty on charges of dealing in methamphetamine as a Class B felony and possession of precursors or chemical reagents as a Class D felony.

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Starke County Man Sentenced to Ten Years in DOC

Published: June 18th, 2014

 A Starke County man was sentenced to ten years in the Indiana Department of Corrections in a hearing held in Starke Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

Jacob Nemeth, 23, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to a charge of incest as a Class C felony in a hearing on May 20 and he also admitted to a probation violation.

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Kaila Rose Sentenced to Probation

Published: June 11th, 2014

 A defendant was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

Kaila Rose, 20 of Plymouth, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the State to an amended charge of possession of methamphetamine as a Class D felony and possession of precursors or chemical reagents as a Class D felony.

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Drug Offenders Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Published: May 30th, 2014

 Several sentencing hearings were held in Starke Circuit Court this week where some heavy sentences were handed down to drug offenders.

Joseph Lippner pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to a charge of Dealing in a Controlled Substance (heroin) as a Class B felony. Judge Kim Hall accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Lippner to ten years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended. As part of the plea agreement, he waived his right to appeal his sentence. He will be able to participate a therapeutic community while incarcerated.

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Cody Barnette Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Published: May 15th, 2014

 A North Judson resident was sentenced to four years in the Indiana Department of Corrections in a hearing in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday morning.

Cody Barnette, 20, previously pleaded guilty to charges of escape as a Class C Felony and misdemeanor charges of trespass and criminal mischief.

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Mark Carrington Sentenced in Forgery Case

Published: May 15th, 2014

  Mark Carrington was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday.

Carrington pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the State to charges of forgery as a Class C felony and theft as a Class D felony. Judge Kim Hall accepted the terms of that agreement and sentenced Carrington to four years in the Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended on the charge of forgery. On the theft charge, Carrington was sentenced to 24 months in the Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended.

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Two Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Published: May 9th, 2014

 Two defendants were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday.

Nathan Vermilyer pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the State to a charge of Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Class B felony. Judge Kim Hall accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Vermilyer to the terms of that agreement to six years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with three years suspended to be served on home detention through the Starke County Community Corrections program. The other three years will be served on probation.

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Ernest Dale Wireman Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Published: May 2nd, 2014

  Ernest Dale Wireman, 40, was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court this week.

He had three cases before Judge Kim Hall. Wireman pleaded guilty to a charge of Domestic Battery as a Class D Felony. He was sentenced to 18 months in the Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance as a Class D felony. Wireman was sentenced to 18 months in the Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended.

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Christopher McNeese Sentenced to 15 Years in the DOC

Published: April 17th, 2014

 Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall accepted a plea agreement between the State and defendant Christopher McNeese in which he was sentenced in two different cases to a total of 15 years in the Department of Corrections.

McNeese pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to a charge of Burglary as a Class B Felony. Per the terms of the agreement, McNeese was sentenced to 11 years in the Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended.

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Eight-Year Sentence Handed to Michael Derby

Published: April 17th, 2014

  A plea and sentencing hearing was held in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday in the case of Michael Derby.

Derby pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the State to a charge of Aggravated Battery as a Class B Felony. He admitted to causing injury to another person while incarcerated. The victim suffered broken facial bones and a concussion.

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James Campbell Pleads Not Guilty to Arson Charge

Published: April 3rd, 2014
James Campbell

James Campbell

James Campbell pleaded not guilty to a charge of Arson as a Class A felony in an initial hearing in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.

Campbell is accused of intentionally setting a fire on March 20 at his business known as Starke County Recycling at the corner of U.S. 35 and Toto Road south of Knox. A Bass Lake fireman was injured while battling the blaze at the business. Eight fire departments were called to the scene to contain the fire.

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Jeremiah Fort Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Published: April 3rd, 2014

Jeremiah Fort was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.

He pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to charges of Possession of a Syringe as a Class D felony and Operator of Vehicle Never Licensed as a Class C misdemeanor. Three other charges were dismissed.

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Defendant’s Alleged Probation Violation Prompts Bond Revocation

Published: April 3rd, 2014
Starke County Courthouse

Starke County Courthouse

Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall revoked a bond for a defendant during an initial hearing Wednesday afternoon.

Tiffany Witham pleaded not guilty to charges of Possession of a Syringe and Possession of a Controlled Substance as Class D felonies.

During her initial hearing, it was learned that she allegedly violated probation. She told Judge Hall that she attempted to go obtain treatment as outlined in her probation but she hadn’t found the right rehab program. She was then arrested on these new charges.

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Offenders Appear in Court for Violations

Published: April 3rd, 2014

  Two offenders appeared in Starke Circuit Court yesterday after it was found that they violated terms of their plea agreements and rules with Community Corrections.

David Ratcliff of San Pierre was serving a sentence on home detention and work release when he violated several rules. He violated a major financial agreement, failed drug screens and was in possession of contraband. Judge Kim Hall ordered him to serve the remainder of his 24 month sentence in the Department of Corrections. He was given credit time from July 11 to March 27 plus three days.

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Johnny Dubois Found Not Guilty in Bench Trial

Published: March 27th, 2014

 A bench trial was held Wednesday in Starke Circuit Court in which Judge Kim Hall heard testimony in the matter of Johnny Dubois.

Dubois was charged with Intimidation, a Class D felony. As written in the charging information, Dubois had verbally threatened to physically harm the victim if she didn’t give him the money he wanted. He also told her that he would kill her if she took their children away from him.

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Offenders Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Published: March 26th, 2014

Several offenders were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

Starke County Courthouse

Starke County Courthouse

Steven Brown pleaded guilty to charges of Possession of a Firearm without a Permit, a Class A misdemeanor and a charge of Possession of a Firearm without a Permit with a Prior Conviction, a Class C felony. Those two charges merged into one count. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of Trespass as a Class A misdemeanor. Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall sentenced Brown to four years in the Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended, plus one year in the Starke County Jail on the trespass charge. The sentences will run concurrently. He was permitted to serve his sentence on home detention with electronic monitoring.

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