IN COURT: Man to serve 2.5 years for theft from family

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man will serve 2.5 years at the Whitley County Jail for stealing from his family.Stephen “Nathan” Lawrence, 23, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to theft and residential entry — both Class D felonies, and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor.He was given a sentence of 2.5 years, with two to serve in the Whitley County Jail, by Senior Judge Mike Rush at the same hearing. Lawrence received a 2.5-year sentence for theft, which will be served concurrently with the 2.5-year sentence for residential entry and the six-month sentence for criminal mischief. Lawrence elected to waive the pre-sentence report and chose to be sentenced at the same hearing as his guilty plea.He was arrested Oct. 2 for stealing several items from the home of his mother and step-father.Case reports indicate a residence on South Walnut Street, which was the home of Lawrence’s family, was broken into, and several items were missing. Those possessions included: A 46-inch television, a Kindle Fire, a Sony Blu-Ray Player, a laptop and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.To read the rest of this story, see the Oct. 30 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.