A plea agreement was rejected by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall yesterday for Clayton Reiss, who pleaded guilty to Theft as a Class D felony. Reiss is also currently booked in the Starke County Jail on separate charges, including two preliminary charges of Dealing in a Controlled Substance and three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance after he was arrested on December 2nd. Judge Hall requested that Reiss undergo an evaluation by the probation department. A status hearing was set for 8:00 a.m. on January 26th.
Forty-five-year-old William Miller, of LaPorte, was convicted of Theft as a Class D felony when he pleaded guilty yesterday in Starke Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement filed by his attorney, Richard Ballard. Miller told Judge Kim Hall that he has not been arrested since 1998, and the victim in the case thinks the plea agreement is fair. Hall accepted the agreement, sentencing miller to 14 months in the Department of Corrections, with all of that sentence suspended to be served on probation.
Steven Wilson, 40, of Gary pleaded guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender as a Class D felony. Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall accepted the agreement, sentencing Wilson to 24 months in the Department of Corrections, with six months of that sentence suspended to be served on probation. Wilson was credited with 109 days served in the Starke County Jail, and he will submit to a DNA cheek swab to be submitted to the Indiana DNA Databank.