IN COURT: Auer pleads guilty to burglary

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to burglary in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.Gabriel D. Auer, 35, was arrested in July and charged with burglary and theft.As part of a plea agreement, Auer will have the theft charge dismissed by the court. Prosecutor Matt Rentschler also agreed to not pursue the habitual felon sentence enhancement option — which would have increased the sentence for Auer.Burglary is a Class C felony and carries a sentencing range of two to eight years. There was no stipulation in the plea agreement as to length of sentence.Auer will be sentenced by Judge James Heuer Oct. 7.To read the rest of this story, see the Sept. 12 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.