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CIRCUIT COURT: Burglar receives 6-year sentence

May 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man who pleaded guilty to burglary was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Charles Rector, 18, pleaded guilty last month to burglary, a Class B felony. He was sentenced by Judge James Heuer to six years at the Whitley County Jail, with three years to serve and three suspended.

At his hearing last month, the state dismissed a charge of theft upon accepting his guilty plea to burglary.

Rector’s admission of guilt was “straight up” — that is, it was not part of a plea agreement. This left Heuer with a 6-to-20 year sentencing range.

“I am going to impose what is a relatively light sentence,” Heuer said, acknowledging Rector’s age as a mitigating factor but making note as well of his juvenile criminal history.

Heuer said he was giving Rector the opportunity to serve his sentence locally and to be approved for work release as soon as he was eligible. He said it would help Rector pay the approximately $9,000 in restitution he will owe.

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