Plea Agreements Rejected in Starke Circuit Court

 Plea and sentencing hearings were held in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday morning. All plea agreements presented in court were rejected by Judge Kim Hall.

A jury trial was set for Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. for Sarah Mills. Mills, 20, is charged with Possession of a Narcotic (heroin). She was not able to participate adequately when questioned under oath. Police reportedly found a baggie with heroin residue in her vehicle when the vehicle was searched on July 7.

Corbin Gayheart’s case is headed to trial on Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. as Judge Hall did not believe the plea agreement met the minimum mandatory sentence of a Class B Felony. Gayheart, 43, was going to plead guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a public park, a Class B felony and Possession of Precursors or Chemical Reagents as a Class D felony, but now evidence concerning this case will be heard in a trial setting.

Terry Ashton’s plea agreement was rejected as he was unable to satisfy the necessary requirements before his sentencing hearing. He will go to trial on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance as a Class D felony and a misdemeanor charge of Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the body. The 36-year-old will go before a jury of his peers on Jan. 15 at 9 a.m.

27-year-old Daniel Pastorcik’s case will also go to trial. During the sentencing hearing, Judge Hall reviewed his case and rejected the plea agreement as he thought the penalty did not fit the crime. Pastorcik allegedly punched a man which caused an injury in an incident on May 24. Pastorcik faces a charge of Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury, a Class C felony, and will return to court for his trial on Jan. 22 at 9 a.m.