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Area man pleads guilty in case

Monday, February 16, 2009

One suspect involved in a string of burglaries in Carbon in 2007 recently pled guilty while the other waits for his day in court.

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.

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I knew him as a teacher. Josh needs a chance and encouragement. I think that it is wonderful that he completed his GED.

-- Posted by lucyq on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 10:10 AM

T-REX, Didn't you say yesterday, that you live in California and that convicted defendants should be killed with no appeal? I'm just trying to figure out where your coming from--enough said

-- Posted by alias on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 10:22 AM

I think his sentence was fair. It kills me how all of these people complain how we have to support these prisoners and yet you are the same people who thinks that they get a slap on the wrist. I know what they done was not right, but he is a young man with a teenage mind. I know 50 year old men like that. I think he needed to be punished but to thnk that he didn't deserve a plea i don't agree. If for some reason I ever got in trouble I would want someone to help me too. As far as saying Judge Trout needs to be replaced, I think the media only puts articles they want to on here not all of them. I only had to see the Judge once, I think he was very fair yet stern also. I think in his heart he likes to help people d give them chance, especially if they have no prior record. Instead of telling them who they should and shouldn't give deals to maybe you should go to law school so you can make the decisions. Not everyone deserves to go to jail. Some people on here shouldbe in jail for slander too. I think Judge Trout is doing a great job!!!

-- Posted by ape1 on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 10:31 AM


You're hearing the trash of a perfect person who's never done anything wrong in his whole life! More like he's never been caught. I'm sorry the only perfect man who never needed any type of punishment died on the cross two-thousand years ago!! Not every offender deserves life imprisonment. With the mind set like his is the EXACT REASON why they repeat crimes everyone wants to still punish them even after they serve time.

-- Posted by ape1 on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 10:36 AM

A six year sentence with four years to be served is a fair sentence. Pleake was 17 years old at the time of the crime and he still has two years hanging over his head when he gets out as an incentive to be a lawfull citizen.

-- Posted by alias on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 10:46 AM

When I was a teen, I did things that should have landed me in jail. One of which was breaking into a neighbors home and stealing. Fortunately, I was caught, and that person gave me a break. Lucky for me, there were people around that understood that sometimes kids just do dumb things. Since that time, I spent almost 20 years serving the public sector, and now run a private business helping students find their way into an education. My point is that kids CAN be helped if caught early enough. Throwing them into our nations prison system will usually only result in a very unfortunate life for that person and the ones around him/her. Teens need help learning their way around life's challenges, and putting them away and forgetting about them is not the answer.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 11:24 AM

I also know Josh. I think that it is spectacular that he's got his G. E.D. Just as everyone else excluding T-Rex has said, I believe that he truly has learned his lesson and is ready to make amends for his mistake. Too often society condemns people for one mistake, and constantly held them down with it. I believe that Josh will be a much better man when he is released and will work hard and not make the same mistake again.

-- Posted by Mr. D on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 11:52 AM

Its time these boys get this behind them and grow from this. They arent bad boys and are paying for this every day. Let them serve their time and move on. This shouldnt define who they are as people. They are kids and i feel learned their lesson.

-- Posted by madmom01 on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 12:02 PM

I know Joshua and his family, and I can tell you, every one of them are good people. This CHILD did not get a slap on the wrist for his shananagans. He was brought up by good parents/grandparents with disiplining morals. He respects his elders as which most kids his age fail to do. He is extemely polite and I know he will come to be a valuable part of OUR community. The poor kid just made a foolish dicision that he will pay for the rest of his life, and that is a shame. Making the decision to get his G.E.D. tells me he is on the right track to being a good citizen. I also feel that he recieved more time than most DOPE DEALERS, And he was a juvenile at the time.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 3:09 PM

-- Posted by opininated on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 7:10 PM

Joshua is a good hearted young man that made a very, very bad choice as well as the other boys that were with him. Those boys also have loving families and were raised to know the difference between right and wrong. But as my mother always told me "You can raise them until they are old enough to know better, but from then on they make their own mistakes. And hopefully they learn from the not so serious ones". I do believe these boys have learned their lesson from everything they have been through. These young men need to be able to put this behind them and make a better life for themselves.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Mon, Feb 23, 2009, at 8:03 PM


Thank you. From a person that knows this young man is very sorry for what he has done, and that also knows this young man very well. Joshua has made some mistakes in his life we all have if we are human. But his family loves him very much and will be there for him always.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Mon, Mar 9, 2009, at 10:26 PM

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