Repeat Offender Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

  A 27-year-old Knox man with a history of drug use was sentenced to 30 months in the Department of Correction for maintaining a common nuisance and another 12 months for violating his probation during a hearing in Starke Circuit Court. The sentences are to be served consecutively, for a total of 42 months.

Anthony Esparza can serve 30 months on work release through the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the other 12 months on home detention through Starke County Community Corrections. Court records indicate he was on probation for neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance when he was rearrested Jan. 9, 2015 on new drug charges. Esparza has been in the Starke County Jail since and was given credit for 130 days served. Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall made it clear that any violation of his work release or home detention will result in the termination of his sentence and a requirement that he serve the time in prison.