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Burglary suspect pleads guilty

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

William E. Sebastian, Jr
A Terre Haute man recently pled guilty to his involvement in a 2007 Clay City residential robbery.

On Feb. 9, William E. Sebastian, Jr., 29 at the time of the incident, and his attorney, Jason Brown, appeared before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout to enter into a negotiated plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

According to court documents, Sebastian agreed to plead guilty to a class C felony burglary and a class A misdemeanor criminal trespass charge, in exchange the state would drop the remaining charges in the case.

On Dec. 23, 2007, Clay County Sheriff's Department provided information that two officers responded to a suspicious burglary report at a home in the Clay City area. A witness reported a white truck was parked on private property and the rear entry door of the residence had been forced open, but they never saw anyone leave the home.

While investigating the reason why the white truck was parked on the private property, a nearby neighbor contacted 911 dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center to report a stranger was standing on their front porch asking to use a telephone to call for help.

Officers went to the home and found Sebastian, whose clothes were drenched with water. Sebastian -- the owner of the suspicious white truck -- allegedly admitted to hiding in a nearby swampy area. He was taken into custody and later formally charged with one count of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and possession of paraphernalia.

Accepting the terms of the plea agreement, Trout sentenced Sebastian to serve concurrent sentences at the Indiana Department of Correction of seven years for the burglary charge and one year for the criminal trespass to be served at the Clay County Justice Center. The sentences were suspended with the exception of five years on the burglary, good time credit was allowed (if earned) and Sebastian was credited with 414 days previously served.

Upon release, Sebastian will be placed on probation for two years.

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