Maximo Pedro Ybarra, 1010 S. Haug Street, Syracuse, was sentenced to eight years this morning in Kosciusko County Superior Court 1. He will spend that sentence at the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Ybarra was arrested in October 2013 in connection with a burglary of a North Webster residence on Oct. 21. (See Related Story)
Ybarra was initially charged with burglary resulting in bodily injury, armed robbery, theft and being a habitual offender. Through a plea agreement, filed on Sept. 25, all charges but the armed robbery, a class B felony, were dismissed. He was given jail time credit of 381 days.
His attorney, J. Brad Voelz noted his client has suffered some health problems during his incarceration, noting a leg injury which is on the mend. Voelz stated Ybarra is hopeful in finding employment if placed on work release. Voetz also requested the court consider a modification of sentence, after the required time is served, for work release or probation.
Judge Duane Huffer made no comments upon issuing the sentence. Ybarra also made no comments when given the opportunity.
He is the second, of three individuals, sentenced in the case. Austin J. Howard-Smith, 306 S. Buffalo Street, North Manchester, was sentenced in June. He plead guilty to the crime of aiding robbery, a class C felony. He received a two-year sentence with credit for 245 days served.
The third suspect Zachary Dale Howard-Smith, Turtle Bay Drive, Syracuse, appears in court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
According to the probable cause affidavit, two victims, a male and a female, were sitting on a couch in their home when Ybarra and Smith broke down the door, entered the home and demanded the victims get on the floor. Ybarra, armed with a rifle, struck the male in the face, causing injury to his nose.
Zachary Howard-Smith, held the male subject down, while Ybarra carried out the television,a purse and two iPhones. Austin Howard-Smith stayed in the van.