WARSAW — Jeremy Lacy, South Bend, was sentenced to six years at the Indiana Department of Corrections for a robbery that occurred in 2012. The sentencing took place this morning, Feb. 1, in Kosciusko County Superior Court with Judge David Cates presiding.
On May 19, 2012, Warsaw Police responded to a robbery at a residence. When officers arrived, a male victim was found bleeding from the head. The victim stated a male knocked on the door and asked for a drink of water, as he had just finished playing basketball. The victim let the individual inside his residence and rolled him a cigarette.
Lacy allegedly pulled a handgun from his backpack and pointed it at the victim’s head, telling him to get on his knees. Lacy then struck the man in the head with the handgun and began punching and choking him. The victim was forced to give Lacy the combination to the gun safe in the residence. Two Smith & Wesson revolvers, a Ruger revolver and $2,000 in silver and gold coins were taken.
The remains of the rolled cigarette the intruder had smoked was turned over to the Indiana State Police Laboratory for testing. On March 11, 2013, DNA evidence had been obtained, matching that of Lacy, a convicted individual. DNA samples from Lacy were obtained on July 24, 2013, for comparison. Confirmation on the DNA was received on Aug. 20, 2013.
Lacy’s attorney, David Kolbe, pointed out that Lacy has been incarcerated for two other robberies that took place in the same two week period as the Kosciusko County robbery. His current projected release date on the two other charges is 2019. “We have a very different person than we did in 2012.”
Lacy addressed the court and apologized for his actions. “That wasn’t me. I come from a good family, I come from a good background. That wasn’t me.”
“You have a substantial criminal history,” replied Cates. “This is not the only mark on your record.”
Cates sentenced Lacy on the charge of armed robbery, a class B felony. For that charge, he will serve six years at the IDOC with no jail time credit. This sentence will be served consecutive to his other sentences. Lacy was also ordered to pay a total of $2,766.60 in restitution.