Starke Circuit Court Judge Accepts Plea Agreement for Rodney Craft; Sentences Carl Daugherty

Rodney Craft

Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall accepted a plea agreement Thursday morning for Rodney Craft, of Knox.

Craft agreed to plead guilty to Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Conviction, Possession of Methamphetamine, Failure to Appear, Escape, and Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine. All charges stem from several different open cases in Starke County. Judge Hall has not yet set the sentencing hearing, but according to the Plea Agreement filed in Circuit Court, Craft could see a total of 10 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections on the charges in which he plead guilty.

Craft was charged with Escape in September of 2010 when he escaped from the Starke County Jail. He had ran off from the open rec room. He was apprehended by the Knox City Police an hour-and-a-half after he escaped. Knox police located him at an abandoned residence on Division Road.

Carl Daugherty
Carl Daugherty

Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall sentenced Knox resident, 32-year-old Carl Daugherty, Thursday morning.

Daugherty plead guilty to charges of Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors with Intent to Manufacture and Possession of Methamphetamine, both Class D Felony charges. Judge Hall accepted his plea agreement and sentenced him to 20 months with none suspended on both charges and the sentences will run concurrently.
Daugherty will serve his sentence in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

On Friday, November 26th, 2010, Knox City Police went to Daugherty’s residence on Maple Drive in Knox where they found items in his room that are commonly used with the manufacture of methamphetamine and remnants of the finished product.