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S. WHITLEY: Man pleads guilty to gun incident

September 12, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Phillip Kessie, a 37-year-old South Whitley resident, plead guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to a gun incident that occurred in May.
According to a police report, South Whitley Police Officer Rick Carroll was notified May 6 by dispatch that Kessie had been calling his wife at her sister-in-law’s residence, threatening to kill himself.
According to the report, Carroll waited near the area to see if Kessie would show up while Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Geist went to the Kessie’s residence to see if he was still there.
Carroll was later notified by Geist that shots had been fired in the house at Kessie’s residence, as Geist was approaching the house.
Carroll joined Geist as he requested responding units to approach from the north, according to the report.
While they were preparing to act, Kessie entered his vehicle and was leaving the scene as he drove to the rear of the property, according to the report.
Kessie then reportedly exited the vehicle toward the rear of the property, and began to run north on foot.
According to the report, officers yelled for Kessie to come out of hiding, and he appeared from behind a pile of rubble with his hands up.
Kessie was placed in double locking wrist restraints and asked about the location of the gun, which he said was in the bathroom.
Kessie was charged with seven counts and pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Class B felony, possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor and operating while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor.
Kessie is ordered to appear in Circuit Court for sentencing Oct. 9.

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