By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A North Manchester man will serve two months in jail if he remains conduct clear after stealing a safe containing jewelry.
Keagan Marshall Doran, 23, 10462 N. CR 650E, North Manchester, was charged with theft, a level 6 felony.
Doran was originally sentenced in this case on July 19, 2016. He received a two-year Kosciusko County Jail sentence, with 1 1/2 years suspended on formal probation. Doran was ordered to appear at KCJ on Sept. 14, 2016, to serve the executed portion of his sentence. However, Doran failed to appear for execution of the sentence. He was arrested on Sept. 26, 2016, and was later released in December 2016 on probation.
On July 10, 2018, a suspended sentence violation against Doran was filed, with a warrant served for Doran’s arrest on Dec. 10, 2018. A status conference regarding the case was then set for July 1, 2019. After failing to appear for the conference, a warrant was issued for Doran’s arrest. The warrant was served on Feb. 14 of this year.
Doran was sentenced on his suspended sentence violation on Wednesday, June 3.
On Sept. 6, 2015, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s officers received a theft report. A man told officers that Doran had stolen a safe and its contents out of a bedroom. The safe contained two diamond tennis bracelets valued at $2,500 each, a platinum diamond ring valued at $15,000, an opal birthstone ring valued at $200 and personal documents.
On Sept. 21, 2015, the man reported seeing Doran’s girlfriend wearing one of the stolen rings on Sept. 6. Doran admitted to stealing the safe and its contents. After the theft, Doran said he returned all stolen items except the two rings, which he sold to a pawn shop for $100.
Doran also returned three handguns he had stolen from a residence.
Amber Isley, one of the victims in this case, submitted a letter to the court on Aug. 29, 2019, regarding her thoughts on Doran. In the letter, Isley said in July 2018, she attempted to make arrangements with Doran and the prosecutor in order to find a solution.
“This was a violation of my home by someone we trusted,” said Isley. “He still didn’t hold up his end of the bargain. I just want to see some action done. It’s been five years since this happened. It’s exhausting.”
Isley said Doran owes approximately $11,150 in restitution. In a four-year time span, Doran has paid $770.50 in restitution.
Defense Attorney Edward Newman called Doran to testify. During his testimony, Doran elaborated on intending to find work immediately upon release from incarceration.
“At some point, favors and opportunities must give way to punishment,” said Doran. “This is my obligation, and I’m taking it seriously. I feel like I’ve already lost a lot during my incarceration. What I did was wrong. It really was. This is not something I want to sweep under the rug.”
Judge Joe Sutton sentenced Doran to 16 months in KCJ. However, the sentence may be cut to eight months depending on good time conduct. Doran also has 179 days in jail time credit. Sutton also said he had no objection to Doran serving his sentence through the Kosciusko County Work Release program if he is approved.