Sankey Rust, 29, was originally charged with two class B felony charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and robbery resulting in bodily injury, a class C felony intimidation, a class D felony theft and a class A misdemeanor charge of battery resulting in bodily injury for his involvement in a robbery with Christopher Loughmiller, 23, Brazil, at an undisclosed apartment at Cooper Tower on May 17.
According to information in the probable cause affidavit in the case, authorities reported Loughmiller and Rust came to the apartment for a visit and ended up beating the victim to learn the whereabouts of an antique handgun.
Once the attackers located the gun, one of them allegedly threatened to kill the victim with their handgun before leaving.
In September, Rust and defense attorney Matthew Effner negotiated a plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office to plead guilty to the felony intimidation and theft charges if the state would agree to drop the remaining charges.
Agreeing to serve six years on the intimidation charge and three for the theft charge concurrently (with credit for time previously served) at the Indiana Department of Correction, Rust agreed to provide information to the court about the location of the antique handgun.
After taking the matter under advisement, Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers accepted the terms of the agreement after Rust supplied voluntary factual testimony of his guilt in the matter in court on Monday.