Phares to be sentenced in October

Saturday, August 28, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A Greencastle woman pled guilty Thursday in Putnam County Circuit Court to charges of Class D felonies theft and attempted theft.

Jessica Phares, 26, was arrested June 15. Court records said that on that day, she stole several items from the Dollar General store at 507 N. Jackson St., Greencastle, and then attempted to steal more items from the Dollar General on the other side of town at 1520 Indianapolis Road.

Phares has been in jail since her arrest. Her court appointed attorney, Joel Wieneke, requested his client be allowed to be released into home detention with Putnam County Community Corrections to await her sentencing. Putnam County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Justin Long said the state had no objection, and Judge Matthew Headley granted Wieneke's request.

Phares said her grandfather would pay any fees associated with her home detention.

Headley ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set Phares' sentencing for Oct. 28. Phares waived her legal right to be sentenced within 30 days of her arrest.

Headley told Phares she needed to be sure to adhere to all the terms of house arrest in the two months prior to her sentencing.

"Someone from Community Corrections will be at your sentencing hearing to tell us how well you are or are not doing," Headley said. "So make sure you follow the rules."

Class D felonies carry a maximum prison sentence of three years. The advisory sentence is one year.

Under the terms of a plea agreement that Headley has taken under advisement, a third Class D felony charge against Phares, possession of a controlled substance, will be dropped if the agreement is accepted.

Phares initially pled not guilty to all charges, and her bond was set at $5,000 cash.

Items Phares stole include blankets, a curling iron, a blow dryer and children's clothes. She was caught on a store surveillance tape walking out of the Jackson Street store with items she had not paid for, court records said.

Store managers contacted police, and Phares was apprehended at the Indianapolis Road store.

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  • A 5000. cash bond, the IMP officer that drove drunk killing a biker didnt have a bond that high. Someone must not like this girl!!

    -- Posted by dcsaiht on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 9:51 AM
  • Probably because she has been arrested previously (this was in connection with the death of Dietrich Jackson):

    "The Putnam County Prosecutor's Office filed charges against a fourth adult Friday in connection to the December death of 17-year-old Dietrich Jackson.

    Law enforcement officials say that more arrests are likely.

    Jessica Phares, 24, Greencastle, was booked into the Putnam County Jail at 4:30 p.m., Friday, and charged with possession of a controlled substance (Oxymorphone), a class D felony, and possession of a controlled substance (Xanax), also a class D felony.

    According to a probable cause affidavit filed by the prosecutor's office, Phares acknowledged being at the home of her boyfriend Scott Hoover on the evening of Dec. 14, when Jackson ingested the prescription drugs that lead to his death early the following morning. "

    -- Posted by LangdonUlger on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 12:20 PM
  • Quit whining OMG She was cleared, he is doing time the boys mom is in jail for tryin to kill someone.. its old petty theft is what it is petty theft.. sorry but 98 percent of the time shoplifting gets probation..

    -- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 7:11 PM
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