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Plea agreements in the works for Carbon break-in suspects

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cody Hall
The suspects involved in the string of five break-ins in Carbon last year are being processed through the Clay County Court system.

On Nov. 12, 2007, the Clay County Sheriff's Department started receiving reports of a rash of vandalism, robberies and thefts at three churches (Carbon United Methodist Church, Carbon Church of Nazarene and the Little Historic Church of Carbon), the Carbon Town Hall/Water Department, a rural Carbon residence under renovation and a garage.

Fourteen days later, officials announced the arrests of three individuals who confessed their involvement.

Cody Hall, 18, and Joshua Pleake, 17, both from Carbon, were preliminarily charged at the time with six counts of burglary, two counts of theft, and one count each of residential entry and criminal mischief.

An unidentified 15-year-old male juvenile was also taken into custody for their alleged involvement. However, information is unavailable due to privacy issues surrounding the case.

Hall and Pleake have been in the legal system for more than a year, but both are currently in negotiations with the attorneys and the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for plea agreements.

Hall, along with his attorney, William Brown, and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Kim Jackson appeared before Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers to request a joint motion to continue to enable both parties to work out the details for a plea agreement.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Hall in February, with a jury trial tentatively scheduled for March 24, 2009.

Joshua Pleake
Meanwhile, Pleake, and his attorney, Ray Jarrett, appeared before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout Dec. 8.

A preliminary plea agreement negotiated with the prosecutor's office was entered on Pleake's behalf. Pleake agreed to plead guilty on one count of class C felony burglary charge, two class D felony theft charges and one class B misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.

Agreeing to review the plea agreement, Trout ordered a pre-sentence investigation should be completed (on or before Dec. 29) before he either accepts or denies the negotiated plea.

Pleake is scheduled to reappear in Clay Circuit Court to learn the judge's decision Jan. 5.

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There was a day when they would have sent them to the Military, but not anymore. The Military does a background check and if you have much more than a driving violation they dont want you.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 6:19 AM

I know all three of these boys very well and honestly they are not bad kids. Yes they are not perfect and this was very wrong. I also know that I, as well as most others, did things as a teen that I truely regret and learned from so what Im saying is please dont act as if these boys are totally ruined. I believe in my heart that as long as they have learned a lesson and know how wrong this was then they deserve forgiveness. One of these boys was 15!!! Still a kid for god sake! Im just tired of people who know nothing about the details of this jumping on these kids like they are monsters!

-- Posted by madmom01 on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 7:31 AM

madmom did you read this article correctly.. they robbed three churches, how can you put robbing three churches and not bad kids in the same sentence!? You sound like you belong in the prosecutor's office! hahaha

-- Posted by Pro Se on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 7:49 AM

I agree with madmom, yes what they done was wrong and they do need some kind of punishment. Really, do you think it would benefit these kids to get thrown in prison with a bunch of hard criminals so they can learn how to do worse things.We all do things that are stupid but we learn and grow. When i was a teen some of my friends and mine favorite thing to do was egg things orjust be menaces. I went ot school with some of the city police officers, I can tellyou for sure that there a few that were thugs too that didn't get caught. I'm not saying let them off but I think locking them away is absurd.It would be great if they had to go to the military or some kind of community service and go talk to other teens about what they done. It's amazing how many of us just want to lock people up instead of trying other options first.

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 2:34 PM

Almost all counties plea bargain. There is not enough money to try all these cases.

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 2:37 PM

ape1 why don't you invite them over for dinner when they get out of jail? Show these poor misguided boys how caring you are. :)

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 3:19 PM

Lee Thall,

I do happen to care about our youth, maybe if more people like you who spend alot of time critizing people got out and helped people and was not so fast to cast judgement maybe they would have a chance. I have worked with inmates and yes some of them are creeps but there are alot that done dumb petty stuff too. I feel like the answer is not to lock everyone up but Rehab them if we can. Everything that you read in this paper is not the gospel and yet time after time the same group has the same thing to say about these kids. Yeah, lock them up, stick it to them, give them a place to say, and the lists go on, yet if and when they are released they are more likely to repeat the crimes, know why? We all expect them to straighten out there lives yet who's going to hire them? Exactly no one, and some of it I don't blame people but how can you change your habits when you don't have the means???I use to have the same mind set as you do but after working with inamates and getting toknow someone who spent 23 years incarcerated for murder that he did not commit it made me look at things different. Anyone of us at anytime can be fighting for our freedom because we are Guilty until we prove ourselves innocent.The person who spent 23 years people have alot to say but to read in black and white how police supplied him Heroin, paid an ex- convict ten thousand Dollars, and convicted him without any other evidence and the kid was handicapped too makes me sick. But who cared no one because they had what they wanted.. I agree there are some who need to be locked up when they are violent or keep doing the same thing but these kids are young, they are our future and we can not lock everyone up we need to help them if there is potential. The big question is where does your future lie if these kids are going to be the one's looking out for you? I don't agree with what these kids done and they do need to be punished but I can't see ruining any future opportunities they have to make themselves productive. You're talking 15,17, and 18 with felonies who's gonna hire them? I say help them, for instance why not make them go get a job at Mcdonald's scrubbing toilets and give the money to the churches, make them apologize to the church during their Sunday services, and if they can't comply then think about locking them up.

What these kids do ultimately affects all of us. If we don't do something it is going to be the law abiding people who get locked upi because there will more of them than us.

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 4:18 PM

P.S. I have ate with people who got of jail before and I'll probably have the opportunity to do it again.

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 4:19 PM

Dont worry everyone a plea is on the table which will more than likely mean little to nothing charges.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 5:11 AM

Pro Se

I actually dont need to read what "part" of this story that the times has written. As I mentioned before I know these boys and I know the time spent in jail is nothing to what these boys live and deal with everyday since this has happened. Yes it was wrong and they know the differance between right and wrong but they are also human and have made choices they do regret! The only reason for my commenting on here at all is because Im tired of people like you acting like you know so much about these kids when you only ASSume!! Thank you to all who agree...a couple of these boys are kids and deserve forgiveness

-- Posted by madmom01 on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 3:14 PM

Pro Se,

I think you just need to quit acting like a child, and grow up. Yes I know these boys to. And no they arent very bad kids. Im still a teenager and Ive done stuff that i regret and so has everyone else when they were young. Give it up ok. Stop acting like a child

-- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 9:21 AM

Big CB

You act as if you know the system very well. Actually just because there is a plea given doesnt by any means automatically mean that little or nothing changes. These boys are changed forever!!! I guess you never made a choice or decision you regret?? To anyone out there that feels like these boys were let off easy let me tell you one thing...these kids have to live the rest of his life with people like you judgeing them when they know nothing about them. In an hour, their lives are changed forever. Yes these crimes were very wrong but people can change their lives and learn from their mistakes. I atleast know for a fact one of these boys has become a whole differant person. Please stop all the judgeing!!!

-- Posted by madmom01 on Tue, Dec 30, 2008, at 3:45 PM

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