Rushville Republican

June 12, 2013

Burglar gets maximum sentence

The Associated Press

RUSHVILLE — James A. Lynn, 37, of Muncie, who was convicted of burglary, a class B felony, and theft, a class D felony, following a jury trial in the Rush Circuit Court was recently sentenced.

Rush Circuit Court Judge David Northam sentenced Lynn to the maximum allowable sentence of 20 years in the Indiana Department of Correction on the burglary charge and the maximum sentence of 3 years in the Indiana Department of Correction on the theft charge. Lynn was also ordered to pay nearly $10,000 in restitution.    

At trial, the State, represented by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Phillip Morgan, presented evidence that on Dec. 21, 2012, Lynn and a co-defendant broke into and entered the home of Rebecca McDonald and stole jewelry, jewelry boxes and silver plated flatware, among other items.  

At trial, the victim testified that on Dec. 21, 2012, she arrived home and noticed a white Ford pickup truck in her driveway. The victim parked her vehicle in front of the white truck and saw two male individuals come from the front door of her residence with items from her house.

As the men attempted to leave in the truck they struck the victim’s vehicle, causing minor damage.

McDonald was able to get an accurate description of the two individuals as well as the license plate from the truck and provide that information to law enforcement.

Major Duane Raab of the Rush County Sheriff’s Department testified that he investigated the burglary and through the description and license plate information provided by the victim, evidence linking the white Ford truck to Lynn and the other defendant, Paul Rice, was obtained.

After 3.5 hours of deliberation, the jury found Lynn guilty of burglary and theft.  

Rush County Prosecutor Phil Caviness and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Phillip Morgan argued on behalf of the State and were pleased with the end result.

“Mr. Lynn burglarized the defendant’s home four days before Christmas and took many items that were irreplaceable family heirlooms that were never recovered. I find these actions deplorable and I am glad that justice was served in this case,” said Prosecutor Caviness.

Chief Deputy Morgan added, “The defendant had a history of theft and possession of stolen property convictions and I’m glad we were able to put a stop to that by ensuring that he received the maximum possible sentence.”

The co-defendant in this case is still at large. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Paul Rice you are asked to contact the Rush County Sheriff’s Department.

- Rushville Republican