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Sentence modification denied for gun thief

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley on Monday denied a petition for sentence modification for a Poland man convicted of stealing guns from a Reelsville home.

Bobby Forey, 20, was given a five-year sentence on Dec. 3 for Class C felony burglary. Headley ordered that Forey would spend three years in prison, one year on house arrest and one year on probation.

Forey filed a petition for sentence modification on Dec. 23, saying he was willing to do the rest of his sentence on home detention so he could begin taking college classes in the spring.

Forey also said he was willing to do community service, and said his grandmother was terminally ill and had been given only a few months to live.

The state filed an objection to the modification request on Dec. 29. Headley denied the petition without a hearing.

The charges against Forey stemmed from an April 2009 incident in which two rifles and a shotgun were taken from a home in Reelsville.

The robbery happened during the overnight hours between April 21 and 22. According to court documents, the person who reported the alleged crime told Putnam County Sheriff's Department Detective Pat McFadden that he and his wife work nights, and that when they returned home on the morning of April 22 he discovered three guns missing from a gun rack he kept in a locked room inside his home.

The victim told McFadden the door to the room was still locked, but that the screen on the window had been cut from the outside.

Forey was arrested in late July, and has been in the Putnam County Jail since then. His bond was set at $30,000 with 10 percent allowed, but it was never posted.

Forey is not yet listed as an inmate on the Indiana Department of Correction Web site.

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