Goshen man sentenced to 25 years in jail

William Terry, accused of conspiring to commit murder for his role in the death of John Staub, was sentenced Thursday morning.
Posted on July 19, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 19, 2012 at 5:45 p.m.


GOSHEN — William Terry, who pleaded guilty to his role in the death of a Goshen man, was sentenced Thursday morning to 25 years in prison.

Terry, 25, of 622 River Ave., pleaded guilty June 21 in Elkhart Circuit Court to the charge of conspiracy to commit murder. The class A felony carried a maximum sentence of 50 years.

He was arrested in March along with three others following the death of John Staub on March 22.

Terry’s attorney, Mike Yoder, said Terry has been cooperative with investigators since the beginning of the case, asking judge Terry Shewmaker to take that into consideration.

“My conversations with him have always included his regret and apologies for what occurred in this case. He understands that his actions and his role in the situation led to the death of a person and he accepts responsibility for it.”

Staub’s family sat quietly weeping as the victim’s father and brother were called to testify Thursday morning in Circuit Court.

John Stilley, Staub’s father, told judge Terry Shewmaker how his son’s death had affected his family. Staub, 26, had three small children.

“They didn’t just hurt me and tore my family apart. They tore their own family apart and I think they should pay for it,” he said.

James Staub, John’s brother, was also called to testify. He affirmed that he was present when his brother was shot and that his brother died in his arms following the shooting, but when asked if he wanted to express something to the court about the death of his brother, he broke down.

Vicky Becker, chief deputy prosecutor, said there were a series of wrong decisions made by different people, which led to Staub’s death. However, she acknowledged that Terry had expressed remorse and that he cooperated with investigators.

Terry told the court he was sorry for his actions, and that he “couldn’t imagine how much pain (the family) went through.

“If I could go back in time and change it, I would.”

Earlier this week, another defendant, Elisa Horton, was sentenced to four years in prison for her part in the incident.

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