On Monday, Cody Hall, 20, Carbon, appeared with his attorney Jason Brown before Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers for a sentencing hearing on a negotiated plea agreement.
In November 2007, Hall, an 18-year-old at the time, 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.
Hall was preliminarily charged with six counts of burglary, two counts of theft, and one count each of residential entry and criminal mischief for his alleged involvement in the robberies.
On Feb. 2, Akers took a plea agreement negotiated between the defense and the Clay County Prosecutor's Office under advisement. The agreement allowed Hall to plead guilty to one count of class D felony residential entry.
On Monday, after examining a pre-sentence investigation report, Akers entered a judgment of conviction and, per the terms of the plea agreement, sentenced Hall to a period of three years with the Indiana Department of Correction, suspending all but 90 days to be served at the Clay County Justice Center. Hall was given credit for two actual days previously served and will be entitled to good time credit (if earned).
The court also allowed Hall to participate in work release (if eligible).
Hall was ordered to make restitution to the victim(s) and ordered to serve 180 days of home detention.
Upon successful completion of the terms of the court's sentence and terms of probation, Hall may petition the court to modify the felony conviction to enter a judgment as a class A misdemeanor.
Joshua Pleake, the second suspect in the case, is currently fulfilling the terms of a negotiated plea agreement accepted in Clay Circuit Court on Jan. 12.
Information is unavailable about a male juvenile, who was also taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the case, due to privacy laws.