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Goul to be sentenced Jan. 25

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A Greencastle man has pled guilty to charges of Class C felony robbery and Class D felony attempted theft, and will be sentenced on Jan. 25.

Richie A. Goul, 20, could face up to 11 years in prison. A plea agreement in the case has been taken under advisement.

Goul was arrested on July 8, 2009 after he allegedly tried to commit an armed robbery a College Inn in Greencastle. He was arrested that day and was formally charged on July 10 with Class B felony attempted robbery and Class D felony attempted theft (the first charge was lessened under the terms of the plea agreement).

Court records said Goul demanded money from a night auditor at College Inn after he pulled a knife on the woman.

When he was arrested for the attempted robbery, Goul was already on probation for a June 2009 conviction for Class A misdemeanor battery. In addition, a charge of Class C misdemeanor illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor was pending against him.

The alleged victim of the attempted robbery said she opened the door after Goul rang the night service bell at the hotel. She told police Goul put a knife to her throat and told her to give him the hotel's cash register.

The woman was able to shut the door on Goul, who she said fled on foot. Goul, who was found to have a blood alcohol content of .153 percent, was located by police shortly after the incident.

The alleged victim positively identified Goul as the man who attempted to rob her, court documents said.

Judge Charles Bridges ordered that Goul be held in the Putnam County Jail without bond, and Goul has been there since his arrest.

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