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2016 burglary case nears conviction

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

The Huntington man suspected of burglarizing a home in August of 2016, while the homeowners were sleeping upstairs, has entered a plea deal, according to Huntington Circuit Court documents.

Kyle Dean Wise, 24, is scheduled to appear in Huntington County Circuit Court on Feb. 4 at 8 a.m., where Judge Davin Smith will consider whether to accept or reject the plea.

Wise is pleading guilty to a Level 4 felony charge of burglary, according to an plea agreement that would sentence him to seven years but cap his initially executed sentence to five years, along with full restitution to the victims as terms for his probation. The court is given discretion on the terms of the sentence, including how it is served and whether any specific programming is ordered, according to the plea agreement.

Level 4 felony charges carry a sentencing range of anywhere between two and 12 years, with an advisory sentence being six years and a fine not to exceed more than $10,000, according to Indiana Code. 

On Aug. 9, 2016, police say Wise broke into the home through a window and cut the telephone lines before stealing a flat-screen television, a purse, prescription medications, car keys and a social security card.

In March of 2017, police say fingerprints lifted from inside the home and analyzed by Indiana State Police (ISP) identified Wise as the suspect, who was currently suspected of a separate burglary. At the time of the positive laboratory results, Wise was incarcerated at the Adams County Jail on unrelated charges but refused to speak to officers about the incident.

In January 2018, Wise pleaded guilty to burglary charges in another case and was sentenced to serve four years with no time suspended, according to Huntington Circuit Court documents. 

Upon being booked into Huntington County Jail, police say wise agreed to speak about the burglary said to have occurred on Aug. 9, 2016. Wise initially denied knowing about the burglary but said he was not incarcerated during the time of the incident, adding that “he was taking a lot of Xanax back then,” according to police reports.

In the plea agreement, Wise states that he broke into the home with the intent to commit theft.