Wilson sentenced for burglary

By Bridgett Hernandez


A South Whitley woman charged with burglary appeared for formal sentencing as part of the Whitley County Circuit Court proceedings March 5.

Destiny Wilson, 20, of South Whitley, previously pleaded guilty to burglary, a level-one felony. In December, she and Gavin Ulshafer, 19, of Liberty Mills, allegedly broke into a property and stole $250, a handgun and several other objects.

At the sentencing hearing, Wilson appeared with public defense attorney Zach Baber. He asked Judge Matthew Rentschler to consider several mitigating factors, including Wilson’s young age and cooperation with authorities.

In response, prosecuting attorney D.J. Sigler agreed that Wilson was cooperative and that “she’s of a tender age,” but said that she’s also an adult and knows better.

In a prepared statement, Wilson apologized to the court and victim and thanked her family for their support.

Judge Rentschler sentenced Wilson to three years with half to be served at the Whitley County Jail and the other half to be suspended, noting that she is eligible for the work release program. Wilson was also ordered to repay the victim and get her GED as a condition of her probation.

In other Whitley County Circuit Court news…

Judge Rentschler denied a motion to revoke bond for Jordin Shoda, 26, of Columbia City.

Shoda is charged with three counts of child molesting.

The motion to revoke Shoda’s bond came after the defendant and a woman who is involved in the case and has a civil protective order against him allegedly ran into each other in the parking lot of a tavern in Columbia City. According to the woman’s testimony, the two exchanged words and she took a swing at him and missed.

Shoda’s attorney Travis Friend said his client did nothing to violate the civil protective order.

“The only thing he did was duck when she pulled a swing at him. That’s it. That’s not a violation of the civil protective order,” he said.

After hearing witness testimony and arguments from both sides, Judge Rentschler said that he didn’t think that the nature of the incident was something that was planned out or intended.

“I think you ran into each other and you both reacted,” he said.

However, he cautioned Shoda that future incidents would be judged in light of this past incident.

Bradley Schuman, 46, of Columbia City appeared for an initial hearing on a battery charge, a level-five felony punishable by up to six years incarceration.

Schuman entered a preliminary plea of not guilty and will appear in court again April 9.

Mary Finney, 27, of Fort Wayne, appeared in court for an initial hearing. She is charged with escaping from the work release program. She will appear in court again April 9.

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