GOSHEN — Four men charged for their connection to unrelated violent or incidents appeared for their sentencing hearings Thursday morning, Nov. 21, in Elkhart Circuit Court.
Jose Pena, 43, of Elkhart, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Judge Terry Shewmaker suspended 15 years of the sentence and ordered Pena to complete them on reporting probation.
Pena had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, a Class A felony, and promoting prostitution, a Class C felony, on Oct. 24.
Pena was arrested Nov. 2, 2012, after police were called to the 200 block of Indiana Avenue to reports of a shooting.
A 30-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to his thighs and taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Devarious Cantrell, Pena’s co-defendant, told police they planned to kill the victim with a rifle Cantrell borrowed from Pena.
Police found Pena’s rifle in his truck.
Cantrell pleaded guilty to attempted murder Sept. 4 and was given a 42-year sentence Sept. 26. Cantrell will serve 35 years in prison and seven years on probation.
Shawn Marks, 27,of Elkhart, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with four of those years suspended and on reporting probation.
Marks pleaded guilty to robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony, in a hearing Oct. 24.
He was arrested March 7, two months after a robbery at Chiphone Federal Credit Union at 1665 W. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart.
Marks’ co-defendant, Christopher Coleman, 28, was arrested two days after the Jan. 23 robbery.
In a hearing Aug. 8, Coleman admitted to having participated in two robberies at the same bank.
Coleman was sentenced to 14 years on probation. The judge suspended four years and ordered Coleman to serve them on probation.
Gerald Sawicki, 52, of Ligonier, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but the judge suspended six years and ordered Sawicki to serve them on probation.
Sawicki pleaded guilty to attempting to deal in methamphetamine by manufacturing, a Class B felony.
He was arrested following a traffic stop in the 1800 block of Lincolnway East on March 26.
According to the probable cause affidavit for Sawicki’s arrest, the officer conducting the traffic stop smelled an odor of burnt marijuana coming from Sawicki’s vehicle.
Police searched Sawicki’s car and found amphetamine, drain cleaner, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine, glass pipes, marijuana and meth in Sawicki’s possession.
They also found a CD with the label “cookbook” on it. The CD had a filed called “Clandestine Chemist’s Notebook.” The file was a guide with instructions on how to manufacture meth and other drugs.
Andrew Ormanovich, 20, of Nappanee, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. The judge suspended six years and ordered Ormanovich to serve them on probation.
Ormanovich pleaded guilty to robbery resulting in bodily injury during a hearing Oct. 24.
He was arrested June 25 after police interviewed him about a robbery in the south side of Elkhart 10 days earlier.
Ormanovich told police he knew about the robbery and he helped Joshua Bagwell by going into the store with him and grabbing the owner while Bagwell looked for money, according to the affidavit for his arrest.
The owner of the Neighborhood Convenience Store suffered injuries to his legs, neck and chest.
Bagwell, 19; Justin Kearney, 25; and Kayla Losee, 19, were also arrested for their connection with the robbery. Bagwell pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. The judge suspended six years and ordered Bagwell to serve them on probation. Kearney pleaded guilty to robbery resulting in bodily injury. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with four of those years suspended and on probation. Losee pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with four of those years suspended and on probation.