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Bond lowered for Stewart-Lane

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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GREENCASTLE -- A woman accused of stealing at a funeral in Roachdale was in court Tuesday for an initial hearing.

Heather Stewart-Lane, 32, of New Market has been charged with Class D felonies theft and attempted theft. She was arrested at Roachdale Christian Church, where she was attending a relative's funeral, on Saturday.

Stewart-Lane's bond was originally set at $10,000 cash or $7,500 surety. In court Tuesday, Judge Diana LaViolette reduced the bond to $3,000 with 10 percent authorized.

Stewart-Lane remained in jail as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Public defender Joel Wieneke has been assigned to represent Stewart-Lane, who entered preliminary not guilty pleas to both charges against her. A pretrial conference has been set for March 10.

Roachdale Police Department Lt. Michael Parks, who said Stewart-Lane allegedly tried to steal cash and identification from the purse of another woman at the funeral, was the arresting officer.

The alleged victim is the wife of an officer Hendricks County Sheriff's Department, Parks said.

The Hendricks County officer told Parks that in addition to seeing Stewart-Lane take items from his wife's purse, he also witnessed her going through the pockets of coats that were hanging in another part of the funeral home.

Parks said Stewart-Lane denied the accusations.

Stewart-Lane has no prior criminal history. If convicted on both charges, she could be sentenced to a maximum of six years in prison.


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Either she stole money or she attempted to steal money not both so her max sentence would be 3 years with 1.5 being the presumptive. No Criminal record means first offender and the first offender program which would drop her theft down to a misdemenor after she spends her year and a half on probation.

-- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 7:34 AM

she should of stole money from special need kids, been out in 6 months. Putnam co. has set a precident on this,,,,,tru story.........

-- Posted by tru story on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 8:24 AM

she just set a new low, she doesnt deserve to have the bond lowered, at a families time of mourning, she was taking advantage of the m by stealing from them, need some old justice, just cut off her hands

-- Posted by lleonard47 on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 9:18 AM

THAT IS REALLY, REALLY LOW.....NO EXCUSE FOR HER.

-- Posted by Michele1953 on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 10:54 AM

Oh, come on now...

Can't you see the poor thing just needed the cash for new eye shadow?

-- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 11:00 PM

This woman makes me sick. No respect for the living, let alone the dead. May God have mercy on her soul...because I wouldn't have.

-- Posted by fountbeerock on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 1:50 AM

This woman made a mistake, I'm sure fountbeerock that you made one or two.

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 11:32 PM


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