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Second suspect pleads guilty

Monday, March 2, 2009

The second suspect involved in a string of burglaries in Carbon in 2007 recently pled guilty in court.

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.

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Wow!! 90 days!? Are you kidding me? This boy was the only one of these kids over 18 but at the same time he is spending less time then either of the other boys. Including the 15 year old. Thats incredible to me! Wow!!

-- Posted by madmom01 on Mon, Mar 2, 2009, at 6:52 PM

Maybe they should've had a better attorney, I think they've been punished enough.

-- Posted by ape1 on Mon, Mar 2, 2009, at 7:32 PM

madmom, true! but did you know or realize this was the first time this boy, Cody Hall, had ever been in trouble in his life! Where as the the others are repeat offenders. Especially the one. You ever hear of wrong place, wrong time? That was pretty much the case with this boy. I knkow the family and this boy. He really is a good kid all in all. People around this town make poor judgements before knowing the whole of the story. I think this boy has learned a lesson from this and we will probably never read his name in the paper again. And let me tell you 180 days of home detention is no picnic! It's like being in jail only you are at home. And much more expensive!

-- Posted by LM3561 on Mon, Mar 2, 2009, at 10:00 PM

Though this may have nothing to do with the actions of these boys, how many of us ask our kids for more specific plans when we ask our kids what their plans are and they respond that they are just going to "hang out" with friends? Maybe that isn't enough of a response and we should demand a firmer set of plans before we let our kids go out? I know the response will also come along with rolled eyes and maybe even negative remarks, but might we as parents be able to head off some of this type of behavior among our youth just by being more nosy about just what our kids are doing when they say they are "hanging out" with friends. Like whose house and is there a parent home? Chances of something going wrong increases when a parent isn't on premises or specified permission given for specified plans. Whether it's illegal substance use, firearms accidents, or vandalism. Doesn't mean that anyone intended to do something wrong either. Just that with no plan, you are leaving a group of teens to think up something to entertain themselves. One thing can then lead to another. Being a busybody with your child can head off this type of thing and better yet, make sure that your house is open to kids coming to "hang out" so you can help with the chaperoning and mentoring.

Makes me wonder what the parents' kids thought were doing and how many questions they asked before they went to hang out together. Might help the rest of us know what to do with ours. Make this a learning tool for the rest of us. Would be good to demonstrate this mistake and consequence to our kids instead of them making the same one themselves.

I'm going to ask my kids to read this article and comments. It will likely cause them to complain, but better than finding themselves in same situation, don't you think?

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 7:14 AM

LM3561 Just so you get the facts straight. . the ONLY one of these boys who had never been in trouble was the 15 year old whom as i said before is still doing time behind bars on every single break from school. I only wanted to make the point that he was over 18 when this happened and is getting a slap on the hand compaired to the other boys. Thank god Josh is learned from this. . he has been in jail since this happened for god sake! WOW! As for home detintion, yes it isnt easy and just so you know, the 15 did 6 months of it on top of his jail time. I hope you get all facts before you comment. Thanks

-- Posted by madmom01 on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 8:48 AM

I happen to agree with madmom. I know josh, and what he got compared to the 18 year old, is a slap in the face to all citizens in whole. That 18 year old WAS AN ADULT at the time. He should have recieved at least a maximum sentence for contributing, a maximum sentences on ALL counts of theft, a maximum sentence on ALL COUNTS of vandalism,and an extra 5 years just BECAUSE. And that would show that we as citizens are not going to put up with these types of shananagans. He isn't going to get introuble again, don't make me laugh. He learned something alright, THAT HE CAN GET BY WITH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 10:09 AM

He maybe 18 but that does not mean he thinks like an adult. I hope all of them learn alesson. I feel bad that any of them went to DOC because they all are young and were acting like teenagers. When some ADULTS in this town get away with thefts, this kid should be given a break too.

-- Posted by ape1 on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 10:56 AM

I know the 15 year old very well and his family really good They are really good people An this is the frist time he has been in trouble. And still doing time for what hes done. I think he got more than the other two and yes i do know the other two.

-- Posted by momwith3 on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 12:07 PM


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-- Posted by alias on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 12:39 PM

When the 15 year old gets to be an adult, his record also will be gone the other's will still have a record. I don't know any of these boys but EVERYONE knows that it takes longer for boys to mature and what the done was something that a teenager would think of. Not everyone who breaks the law needs to be incarcerated. I don't agree with what they done, but i was once young too and I know I done some really dumb stuff also. Yes, looking back I know I could've gotten in to trouble over the dumb stuff but fortunately I never got caught. I grew up and I don't have a criminal record, have a college education, and a professional job, and I think and hope that this will be something that they all can grow from. It kills me all of the people on here who decide what should and shouldn't be done to these criminals, yet the same people tend to be the one's who comment about their tax dollars paying for the prisoners. At least with the house arrest the county will make revenue off of this kid. Wait until someday when it is your family that made a dumb mistake and you go tell the judges that they should get the max sentence!!Not everyone lives in glass houses. It doesn't matter on your family or who your parents are, good people have bad kids sometimes, but this just sound like a ding dong kid. If he'd be in and out of trouble for being a theif and breaking into places then I see him getting a tougher sentence but even if he's 18 and supposed to be an adult, he still is a kid. Alot of 18 year-olds are still in high school. I think his sentence is fair and hopefully he will move foward and become a great person.

-- Posted by ape1 on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 1:47 PM

Well I know Cody and he is a "Good kid" just makes those REALLY STUPID teenager mistakes. Cody is well mannered and kind. I hope he gets his act together and he will do well. I was personally shocked to hear about the whole situation, but he has to pay the price...and hopefully learn.

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 3:37 PM

When Josh is done with his time, he will still be a felon. With 4 years against him and a felony, he will be lucky to get a job.Cody still should have recieved more time than all of them, even if he thinks like a juvenile.Is Cody being sent to R.D.C., if not, he will not be considered a actual felon. You have to go through there to get the number and lose rights to certain things like, voting, hunting, social security, and so forth. Seems he got off scott free compared to Josh. He will miss out on the good things Josh will get to see, like ethnic gang fights, your daily stabbings, getting raped, thats just to name the small stuff. I just think what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Nooo mattterrr if it is his first time he was in trouble with the law, that is irrelevant. THE LAW IS THE LAW AND CHURCHES ARE STILL SACRED PLACES OUR COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON. If this would have been done down south there would literally be h**l to pay, not only for the kids but their kin as well.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 7:35 PM

I have read all of the comments so far.I agree with a number of them and disagree with others.

What I can state is the first time could have been wrong place at the wrong time, (which I also doubt), however Coty's decision to be at the second place and those after were by choice. To have the same charges placed against this young adult I feel was justified, however the plea bargain that was presented and accepted by the Prosecutor's Office and granted by the Judge I feel is unacceptable. To basically have all the felony charges dropped and then being able to petition the court to have the only felony dropped down to mistermeaner is beyond comprehension for me. I guess one could say: Coty Hall you should thank the other two parties for receiving and taking the punishment for you. In my eyes you are as guilty as both.

-- Posted by One for All on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 9:52 PM

Everyone needs to be thankful that they all got plea bargains or they could be spending lots more time behind bars.

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 8:46 AM

BTW, won't Josh Pleake be out by the end of this year??? Thank God that the judge accepted a plea from the prosecutor's or he'd be there for alot longer.

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 8:48 AM

The other two did not pay for an lawyer either. The 15 year old just plead guilty to all accounts and Josh only had a public defender. They had to pay a lot of money for the services they got for the lawyer. What kind job lawyer would he be if he did not get Cody some kind of deal. He did what he got paid for.

-- Posted by MM1416 on Mon, Mar 9, 2009, at 8:21 PM


This young man has worked and paid into something that will probably not be there when he is old enough to get it. Ever stop to think about that? Just becuase these young men make a mistake does not mean they are not entilted to live their lives. To make the changes they need to make for a better life for not only them but for the people they love and for the people who love them.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Mon, Mar 9, 2009, at 10:22 PM

Cody also had a lawyer that they had to pay a lot of money for. The 15 year old just went in and plead guilty to everything and Josh only had a public defender. His lawyer would not be doing his job if he didn't get him some kind of deal. If the other two would of paid for lawyers they would of got less too.

-- Posted by MM1416 on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 7:04 PM

Yes MM, because an expensive lawyer excuses the fact that Cody did wrong.

-- Posted by Mr. D on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 12:19 AM

Good lawyer or not he is being punished for what he done. For some people nothing is ever enough. Let him be, there's nothing you can do about the decisions that were made in his fate. Hopefully, this is a learning lesson for him and he moves foward. I'm sorry NO PARENT, whether he was right or wrong, is going to watch their kid go to prison if they can help it. I don't agree with what he done, but too he is still a kid, maybe not by law but mentally I'm sure he is. I look back at things I done and I wouldn't say I'd do them again but they weren't always the right decisions either, but I grew from them and went on. Maybe the other lawyers should've fought harder for their clients. If it were my child or even me, I wouldn't want the book thrown the first time I did something wrong. A statistic I read said 90% of us have committed a felony, so in theory most of us blogging on here should've been incarcerated at sometime in our lives. Leave the kid alone I hope he has had enough punishment and we willnever see his name in the paper again. GOOD LUCK CODY!!!

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 9:41 AM

That's funny, the other two boys involved were kids too yet Josh and the fifteen year old have to serve more time than what Cody does. Seems kind of odd to me that all three are equally guilty, yet this one gets off easy compared to what the other two received.

-- Posted by Mr. D on Mon, Mar 16, 2009, at 12:10 AM

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