In November 2007, Joshua Pleake, 17-years-old at the time, Carbon, was one of three suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in 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.
Pleake and Cody Hall, 18, 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.
According to court documents, on Dec. 8. 2008, Pleake, and his attorney, Ray Jarrett, appeared before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout to enter into a negotiated plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.
Pleake agreed to plead guilty on one count of class C felony burglary, two counts of class D felony theft and one class B misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief in exchange the state would drop the remaining six charges in the case.
On Jan. 12, Trout accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Pleake to serve concurrent sentences of six years for the burglary charge, three years each for the two theft charges and 180 days for the criminal mischief charge.
Trout then suspended the sentences with the exception of four years to be served on the burglary charge with good time credit allowed (if earned) and credit for the 395 actual days previously served by Pleake.
Trout also ordered Pleake receive "educational time credit" of six months for completing his General Educational Development diploma (GED) while incarcerated.
Upon completion of his incarceration, Pleake will be placed on probation for two years where he agrees to follow all directives of probation, including that he will obey all laws, report to alcohol/drug counseling, make restitution to the victims not consume or possess alcohol or weapons and provide a DNA sample to authorities.
Hall, the second suspect in the case, is expected to appear in Clay Superior Court for further court proceedings on March 2.
Information is unavailable about a male juvenile, who was also taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the case, due to privacy laws.