LaPorte Man Sentenced to Four Years on Burglary Charge

Starke County Courthouse
Starke County Courthouse
A LaPorte man was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday morning on a charge of Burglary.

An amended plea agreement between Christopher Webb, 26, and the Starke County prosecutor was accepted by Judge Kim Hall after a plea agreement submitted Tuesday was rejected. The previous plea agreement called for probation and Judge Hall would not accept a plea agreement with probation as Webb had not completed probation successfully in a prior sentence.

Webb pleaded guilty in an amended plea agreement to Burglary as a Class C felony. He was sentenced to serve four years in the Department of Corrections with no time suspended. He was also ordered to pay $1,263.10 in restitution.

He was incarcerated on Jan. 15 after he stole a motorcycle from a storage shed owned by the Planck family. The victims asked that Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff read their victim impact letter in open court as they were unable to attend. They stated that they were very upset that Webb stole the motorcycle from their storage shed as it held a lot of sentimental value.

Webb stated that he was sorry that this happened and would pay back the entire amount. With that said, Judge Hall questioned him about another case in Marshall County which he was sentenced to pay restitution where restitution was never made. Judge Hall stated that the failure to pay restitution causes the “victim to be victimized all over again.”

Webb’s Starke County sentence will be served consecutively to a LaPorte County sentence in a burglary case there.