Two Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

  Two Knox residents were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Thursday morning.

Gordon Sheib, Jr., 40, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to charges of neglect of a dependent and false informing. He admitted in court that he told his daughter to live elsewhere when she was a dependent child in his custody. At the time of the incident, Sheib told police that his daughter was emancipated when she in fact was not.

Judge Kim Hall accepted the plea agreement and Sheib received a sentence of 12 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with the entire sentence suspended on the charge of neglect of a dependent. He was sentenced to 12 months in the DOC with the sentence suspended to be served on probation. The sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time.

Tracy Napierkowski pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to a charge of theft as a Class D felony. She admitted in court that she took a pair of boots from Smith Farm Store in Knox without paying for them.

Judge Hall accepted the plea agreement. Napierkowski was sentenced per the terms of that agreement to 18 months in the DOC. Her sentence was permitted to be served on home detention by means of electronic monitoring through Starke County Community Corrections.