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Elkhart man sentenced to 50 years in prison

An Elkhart man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and burglary.
Posted on July 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 26, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.

GOSHEN — A man who pleaded guilty to robbery and burglary was sentenced Thursday, July 25 at the Elkhart Circuit Court.

Ricky Beaver, 32, of Elkhart, was sentenced to 50 years in prison and 10 years on probation. Beaver had pleaded guilty on July 3 to burglary resulting in bodily injury a Class A felony, and robbery by using or threatening to use force, a Class B felony.

Beaver was arrested Jan. 8, along with two other men and a juvenile after police pulled over the car they were driving.

Just minutes earlier police had been called to the 700 block of Bristol St. to reports of a robbery in progress. The victims told police that they saw three men wearing masks coming into the apartment and one of them pointing a gun at them.

One of the suspects hit one of the victims with the gun, and the victim lost consciousness. Another victim told the suspects she had called the police, so the men left, taking a laptop on their way out. There were two adults, a 16-year-old and a 1-year-old in the apartment at the time of the robbery.

The victims told police the suspects were driving a maroon Jeep Cherokee with a paper license plate. Police found the vehicle and made a traffic stop.

Beaver, along with Raymond Cross, 24, and Henry Shorter, 33, were arrested. A juvenile who was allegedly with the three men at the time of the robbery was placed in the juvenile detention center.

During his sentencing hearing, Beaver’s attorney told the court Beaver’s case has been a troubling one for him because of his client’s age and abuse of drug use.

Beaver has been diagnosed with depression and a bipolar disorder, his attorney said.

“Perhaps if these had been discovered earlier a lot could have been prevented,” he said. “Something isn’t right with a 32-year-old who can accumulate a record like his.”

Judge Terry Shewmaker said Beaver’s criminal history and use of marijuana since age 15 were of concern. Beaver has three cases from juvenile court, said Shewmaker.

Additionally, Beaver has been arrested multiple times since 1997 on charges of criminal recklessness while armed, robbery, battery and theft.

Shorter and Cross were also charged with robbery and burglary. Further proceedings in court for both men have been scheduled for Aug. 8.




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