A Starke County man received his sentence in the Starke Circuit Court last week after he pleaded guilty to Burglary as a Class C felony. William Lamphier admitted to breaking into a barn at 8880 N. 1175 E. and taking items.
Lamphier was accused of stealing a weed eater, a power washer, a toolbox filled with tools, a gas can with gas, a blower, and a round black heater belonging to Larry Perry. Lamphier reportedly used a flat-head screwdriver or similar tool to pry open an entry door to gain access to the barn sometime after Sept. 2, 2012. The items were later located at a trailer in Plymouth on Sept. 28, leading police to arrest Lamphier for the crime.
Lamphier pleaded guilty with no plea agreement, but the state and defense recommended a six-year discretionary sentence to the court. Judge Kim Hall, however, imposed the maximum eight-year sentence in the Department of Corrections with none suspended.