Two Defendants Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 A Walkerton man will serve a total of 30 months on home detention through Starke County Community Corrections after pleading guilty to domestic battery and invasion of privacy charges. Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall also ordered Mitchell Platz, 29, not to have contact with his victim for 42 months and to complete counseling.

Platz told the judge he went through a court-ordered anger management course in Marshall County prior to the incidents involving his former girlfriend. Hall observed “apparently it didn’t take” before reluctantly accepting his plea agreement. He noted in doing so the victim wants the matter to be resolved. Platz has been in jail since July and will get credit for time served.

Judge Hall also sentenced a Knox woman to 18 months in prison for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction. All of 44-year-old Cynthia Blevins’ sentence was suspended. She will serve 12 months on probation and six months on home detention with electronic monitoring through Starke County Community Corrections. During that time she is not to drink alcohol and is to complete counseling. Blevins’ driver’s license is also suspended for a year, retroactive to her arrest in May of 2014. If she successfully completes her sentence she may petition the court for a reduction to a misdemeanor.