Michael W. Simers, was sentenced following a negotiated plea on July 3, 2014, by Rush Circuit Court Judge David Northam to eight years, the maximum allowed sentence for his involvement in the October 2013 burglary of the Rushville American Legion. Simers also agreed to pay restitution to the American Legion. In exchange for pleading guilty to the top charge, the State agreed to reduce three D Felony charges.
Simers admitted to breaking and entering the American Legion building on the night of Oct. 15, 2012 and stealing money and checks from the organization. The probable cause affidavit alleged the Mr. Simers along with his accomplice, Robert Huntington were being investigated by Rising Sun Police for burglaries that occurred in the Rising Sun area. Officers from the Rising Sun Police Department followed Simers and Huntington to Rushville and observed the two carrying a crow bar and black bag. At that time, the officers contacted the Rushville Police Department who responded, and after a short chase, the men were apprehended. Further investigation resulted in finding that the American Legion had been broken into and large sums of cash and checks were taken from the safe located in the building. After charges were filed, both men posted the $30,000 cash bonds. Both men later failed to appear for their court hearings, and new arrest warrants were issued. Simers was later apprehended and faces charges in numerous counties.
Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Phillip Morgan handled the case and was pleased with the outcome.
“I am happy that we could get the maximum sentence on a case as egregious as this. These two men stole money from an organization that benefits our veterans and conducts philanthropic events that benefit our community. We take those crimes seriously, and I’m glad we were able to get the maximum sentence.” Morgan said. “It was unfortunate that this case went on as long as it did, but it was due to Mr. Simers failing to appear after bonding out on this case, and being arrested for committing similar crimes in other counties.”