A Knox man who pleaded guilty to burglary in connection with a break-in at a friend’s home last January was sentenced to 10 years in prison for that offense with none of that sentence suspended. Glenn Manns, 29, was also ordered to pay $250 in restitution to Arthur Norem, Jr. Court documents indicate Manns and James Royce stole copper, automobile parts, shotguns, a rifle, bows, knives and other items from Norem’s home. Royce has already been sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections.
Norem testified during Manns’ sentencing hearing yesterday in Starke Circuity Court. The two have known one another for many years, and Norem said he would have happily given Manns anything he wanted had he just asked. He asked for restitution for his son’s bow and thanked Manns for not going into the children’s rooms and stealing their knives.
Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall weighed several factors before imposing the sentence, including the level of trust between the defendant and the victim. He also looked at Manns’ prior criminal record, which includes a couple of misdemeanor convictions and his voluntary association with a career criminal. Manns also claimed he was high on methamphetamine, Xanax and alcohol at the time. Judge Hall pointed out lots of people do drugs and don’t commit burglaries. He did acknowledge Manns has served one year on home detention through Starke County Community Corrections with no violations but said in this case the negatives outweigh the positives.