By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Milford man was sentenced after burglarizing a residence and stealing items.
Travis Lee Henson, 38, 310 N. West St., Milford, was charged with theft, a level 6 felony. A burglary charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Henson was sentenced in Kosciusko Superior Court One on Monday, Sept. 14.
On April 29, 2019, a Milford Police officer responded to a report of a burglary. A man at the scene said his wife’s grandfather was on vacation and that he went to the residence to check on the home. While there, the man noticed the residence appeared to have been burglarized. The burglary would have occurred sometime between Feb. 1 and April 29, 2019.
According to court documents, family members were able to determine that a large number of rare coins, jewelry and cash were taken from the residence.
On May 22, 2019, an officer met with the homeowner. The homeowner was able to determine that $800 in cash, a radio, a Lionel train set, $1,000 worth of jewelry and presidential coins were stolen.
Officers later discovered that Fairfield Rare Coin and Jewelry, Fort Wayne, had purchased $6,682 worth of rare coins from Henson on April 15, 2019. Also on the same day, A-Z Coins, Fort Wayne, purchased $2,889.70 of rare coins from Henson.
Henson admitted that he sold the coins but said he sold them at the request of Kyle Henson.
During court proceedings, Defense Attorney David Kolbe said Henson has always been cooperative with him and that Henson wants a type of substance treatment component as part of his sentence.
“This is not a decision I’m proud of,” said Henson regarding the case. “The biggest regret I have is not getting the help I need. I see this as an opportunity to get my life back together.”
For theft, Kosciusko Superior Court One Judge David Cates sentenced Henson to two years in the Kosciusko County Jail, with one year of the sentence suspended on probation. Cates said he had no objection to Henson serving his sentence through the county’s work release program. He also recommended Henson look into participating in the KCJ Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP) while incarcerated.
Henson must also help pay $50,904.70 in restitution and is to have no contact with the victims in this case.
A co-defendant in this case, Kyle Henson, Milford, had a pretrial conference regarding this case in August.