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.
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.