WARSAW — A Syracuse man was sentenced today on two counts of aiding, inducing or causing theft, level 6 felonies.
Jason W. Meade, 44, Syracuse, was found guilty of the two charges Monday, March 26, in the Kosciusko Circuit Court.
Meade, who was one of six people arrested in connection to Milford area burglaries that occurred in 2016, admitted to knowingly escorting two people who were exchanging stolen goods. Meade was on probation at the time of the offense.
Meade failed to appear for his original sentencing date in January 2018, so a warrant was issued for his arrest at that time.
Joseph Sobek, Meade’s attorney, asked Judge Michael Reed to consider the fact that the Indiana Risk Assessment Tool determined that Meade was at a low-risk to reoffend. Reed said the test “obviously seems to be a little wrong in this case” since Meade has an additional pending charge from being picked up again while both of the other charges were still pending.
Reed sentenced Meade to nine months in the Kosciusko County Jail on each charge, with the sentences to be served consecutively. Reed also gave Meade jail time credit for 47 days already served. Meade was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus court fees.
Restitution related to the thefts is being taken under advisement and left open at this time, to be determined at a later date.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, two charges of failure to appear were dismissed.