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Invasion suspect sentenced

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Christopher Charles Craft
The third suspect allegedly involved in a home invasion/burglary at a rural northwestern Clay County home January 2009 recently pled guilty in court.

Christopher Charles Craft, 20, Brazil, appeared with his attorney Jason Brown in Clay Superior Court Monday to enter into a formal plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

Craft, along with cousins Joshua L. Orman, 24, and James Levi Orman, 20, were arrested Jan. 15-16, 2009, for their alleged involvement in the violent incident that occurred at 8843 N. County Road 500 West. Allegedly the three men assaulted and held a young couple and their small child at gunpoint while stealing numerous electronic items from their home during the early morning hours of Jan. 14, 2009.

Each of the suspects were formally charged with six criminal allegations, including:

* Class A felony robbery resulting in serious bodily injury,

* Class A felony conspiracy to commit robbery resulting in serious bodily injury,

* Class A felony burglary resulting in bodily injury,

* Class B felony aggravated battery,

* Class D felony theft, and

* Class D felony residential entry.

It was also confirmed that Craft was on probation for a conviction/guilty plea in a separate case at the time of the incident.

On March 10, Akers rejected a previous plea agreement in the case, citing the violent nature of the crime, the emotional and physical impact on the victims and Craft's own statements made during the investigation and during the court proceedings along with his past criminal record.

On Monday, Craft agreed to pled guilty to class B felony aggravated battery and be sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction for 20 years, with 15 to be fully executed.

According to paperwork on file with the court, 14 years will be served by Craft at the IDOC with the remaining year to be spent on home detention (without any chance of good time credit while on home detention). However, Craft is entitled to good time credit if earned while incarcerated at the IDOC.

The sentence is to be served consecutive with any other sentence Craft is currently serving on probation or parole.

On March 8, Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout ruled on the separate negotiated plea agreements for Joshua L. Orman and James Levi Orman. Both men entered guilty pleas on two class B felony charges, including burglary and aggravated battery, with the remaining charges to be dismissed.

Considering "the totality of the events," Trout ordered both men to serve 20-year sentences, which are to be fully executed. Good time credit will be allowed for both men, if earned while incarcerated at the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC), with both credited for jail time previously served.

The three men also face charges of class A felony burglary resulting in bodily injury and class B felony robbery resulting in bodily injury from a second home invasion that also occurred on Jan. 14, 2009, in Vigo County. All three cases are being processed through Vigo County Circuit/Superior Court Division 3 and Judge David R. Bolk.

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He got off easy

-- Posted by guesswho? on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 10:31 PM

I think it's appropriate, if served and not modified.

Good job, Judges.

Wasn't there a girlfriend of one of the Orman's involved in this, or did she assist them on another case?

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 7:56 AM

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