Father and son charged in violent New Paris robbery

Formal charges have been filed against two men in a New Paris home invasion that left the homeowner severely injured.

Posted on Nov. 19, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office filed formal charges Tuesday against a father and son involved in a New Paris home invasion.

According to a news release from the Elkhart County Prosecutor's office, Jeffrey Hill, 43, and his son Jeffery Hunt, 25, both of Winona Lake, were charged Tuesday, Nov. 19, with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class A felony; burglary resulting in bodily injury, a Class A felony; criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony, and conspiracy to commit burglary, a Class B felony.

Each Class A felony is punishable by up to 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, according to the prosecutor's office.

Hill, who was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 12, will also be charged as a habitual criminal offender, a classification which could result in additional sanctions on top of those he may receive on the other charges.

Hill's bond has been set at $2 million and he will appear in Elkhart Circuit Court for an initial hearing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

A warrant for Hunt's arrest was issued Nov. 19 by the Elkhart Circuit Court, and Elkhart County Jail booking records did not list him as an inmate Tuesday evening.

According to the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department and family members of the victims, two men forced their way into the New Paris home of Donald and Beverly Neer at about 9:40 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, and stole several firearms, electronics and cash.

One of the men then beat Donald Neer, 82, with a tire iron. Neer was hospitalized with a skull fracture, his neck broken in two places and a possible broken wrist.

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