by Caitlin Huston
A 35-year-old Logansport man is leaving the Cass County court system with 15 years in prison, resulting from four court cases.
Corey Mackey pleaded guilty Monday to theft, a Class D felony, and a probation violation in Cass Superior Court II, in the last of four cases he had in the county involving burglaries or stolen items. The theft case Mackey pleaded to involved jewelry he admitted to stealing on July 17, 2012.
Mackey pleaded guilty March 18 to receiving stolen property, a Class D felony, in Cass Superior Court I. He was also found guilty by a jury on Jan. 24 of attempted theft, a Class D felony, in Cass Superior Court II.
With the admission of the probation violation, which called for nine years in prison under the plea agreement, and pleading guilty to theft, which called for one and a half years on work release, Mackey received a total of about 15 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Mark Leeman, his public defender, said he and his client were pleased with the outcome.
“That’s not a bad result,” Leeman said.
Cass County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Swaim, who was the prosecutor in the Cass Superior II cases, said she also believed the sentence was “appropriate.”
“I think that the agreement we made was appropriate in light of the circumstances,” Swaim said.
Swaim added that the plea agreements were considered due to other co-defendants’ guilty pleas and sentence requirements.
“There were a lot of factors that we took into account,” Swaim said.
Mackey will also be eligible to work the last two years of his total sentence on work release, if he’s approved by the DOC.
With his jail time credit — Mackey has been in the Cass County Jail on his most recent arrest since Aug. 4, 2012 — and good time credits, Leeman estimated his client would be out in less about a quarter of the sentence.
“In less than five years, he’ll probably be out,” Leeman said.
Leeman said Mackey was happy to finish up with the cases and to receive a sentence that may allow him to see his children graduate from college.
“I think he’s really glad to get them done,” Leeman said.
Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or email@example.com.