FRANKHART: Man gets 10 years for Larwill incident

COLUMBIA CITY — Thirty-year-old Michael Frankhart was sentenced to 10 years with eight years serve and two years suspended in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday on charges related to a Larwill gun incident in May. Frankhart pleaded guilty Sept. 10 to possession of a firearm, a Class B felony, possession of a handgun without a permit, a Class A misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor an driving while suspended, a Class A misdemeanor.According to a Whitley County Sheriff Department case report, dispatch received a 911 call May 6 from an attendant at the Larwill Deli, located at 207 N. Center St. in Larwill. According to the report, the witness said she saw a white minivan in her lot with several males inside who appeared to be putting masks on. According to the report, the witness stated there was no license plate on the vehicle so she locked the the front door of the business and made the customers inside go to the back of the store.According to the report, Deputies Tony Helfrich, Scott Geist and Scott Schmitt responded to the scene, surrounding the vehicle and ordering the males to come out.The deputies saw a glass smoking device on the passenger seat and a license plate on the floor of the front seats, which was later discovered to be the plate for the vehicle. Also discovered in the vehicle was a 9 mm semi automatic handgun and an empty package that contained synthetic marijuana at one time as well as a back pack containing another smoking device and cigar wrappers being used to smoke synthetic marijuana, or “Spice,” according to the report.Frankhart, the driver of the vehicle, said the van was owned by another man when he was questioned, and according to the report, the two other males in the mini van said that Frankhart wanted them to rob the gas station, and after they refused, the two males said Frankhart was going to rob the station himself.