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IN COURT: Norris sentenced for escape attempt

September 4, 2013

Charles Norris

COLUMBIA CITY — A Cromwell man who attempted to escape from the Whitley County Jail last year received a 12-year prison sentence Monday.

Charles E. Norris, 29, will serve eight of the 12 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and will have four suspended for attempted escape.

Norris received a concurrent eight-year sentence, with all to serve at DOC, for intimidation.

At the time of the escape attempt, Norris was behind bars for a probation violation. Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer revoked 1,672 days of Norris’ suspended sentence for violating probation, and ordered him to serve that time consecutively with his escape attempt sentence. If he serves with good time, Norris will only be in prison for 872 of those 1,672 days.

In November of last year, Norris was accused of probation violation for being a violent felon in possession of a handgun.

He was on probation for multiple burglary charges.

Norris will also serve his attempted escape sentence and probation violation sentence consecutively with charges in other counties, Heuer said.

Prosecutor Matt Rentschler, in his statement, said Norris has a long history which merits the sentence he received.

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