KOSCIUSKO — An Albion woman was sentenced on one charge of attempted fraud and two charges of theft, all level 6 felonies, today, Jan. 24, in Kosciusko Superior Court Three. Per the plea agreement, eight charges of theft and one charge of attempted fraud were dismissed.
Boni Coffelt, Albion, was booked into the Kosciusko Court on Oct. 10, 2017. The charges stem from July 2017 when Coffelt and Nicholas Silvers stole items from the vehicles of five separate people. The vehicles were broken into while parked at AIA Countertops, ShopKo and Burger King, all located in Syracuse.
The items stolen included four purses, two lunchboxes, credit cards, checkbooks and more. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Coffelt told officers that she and Silvers wanted the money to purchase drugs.
Prosecutor Katy Hampton pointed out Coffelt’s extended criminal history and the amount of victims in this case during today’s sentencing. “The damage was significant and the damage to the peace of mind of the individuals was significant.” She requested that Judge Joe Sutton sentence Coffelt to the maximum cap of three years.
Coffelt’s attorney Isaiah Vanderpool told the court that Coffelt suffers with drug addiction, specifically methamphetamine. That addiction led her to this crime and caused her to lose her children and house.
Judge Sutton sentenced Coffelt to serve three years at the Indiana Department of Corrections followed by 1 1/2 years of formal probation. This sentencing will be served after Coffelt finishes serving two current sentences from Noble County. Coffelt also has two pending cases awaiting sentencing in LaGrange County.
Coffelt’s responsibility of restitution will be shared with Silvers if he is sentenced on his pending charges related to this case.