Cass/Pulaski Corrections escapee sentenced

Vonny Craw

Vonny Craw, 61, appeared in Cass Superior Court 2 on Tuesday, April 9 to be sentenced on charges of violating work release and escape.

After pleading guilty to both charges, and neither he or his attorney making any other additional statements, he was sentenced to three years in the Indiana Department of Corrections on the escape charge.

Subsequently, he also accepted a six-year sentence on the violation of work release charge to run consecutive with his sentence for escape.

Craw has convictions dating back to 1980 when he was convicted in Delaware County for burglary. In February 1989, he was sentenced to five years after being convicted in Grant County of burglary, receiving stolen property and receiving stolen auto parts.

In January 1991, six months after being released from the Indiana Department of Correction, Craw was convicted of burglary in Jay County. He received a 32-year sentence.

According to IDOC records, he was then convicted of escape in Fayette County and received another eight years.

He was later given an 18-year sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction, with six years to be served on work release, for a 2010 armed robbery in Cass County. Craw plead guilty in 2012 to robbing Shooters Bar & Grill at 1034 17th St. at gunpoint shortly after it closed at 1 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Craw reportedly hid in a restroom, waiting for patrons to leave the bar before robbing the bartender at gunpoint. Following the robbery, Craw was located at the Manor Motel and a lengthy standoff ensued. Craw talked to police for close to an hour before he quit responding. When a tactical team made entrance to the room, they found him unconscious with no apparent wounds.

On July 10, 2017 Craw was transferred from Miami Correctional Facility to Cass/Pulaski Community Corrections for participation in the Community Transition Program. After that, he was set to begin his six-year term on work release.

Community corrections granted Craw "temporary leave to attend an approved pass" at Walmart and Mr. Happy Burger on Aug. 10, 2017. He left the center and never came back. Cass County Central Dispatch later notified corrections staff that Craw had reportedly "test driven" a vehicle from Rick's Auto Sales, 1119 W. Market St., and didn't return the gold 1984 Chevrolet Corvette. The car was recovered on Aug. 14, 2017 in a Walmart parking lot in Portland, Indiana. He then allegedly stole a Chevrolet Malibu from Portland.

Police believe Craw was then involved in an Aug. 18, 2017 robbery at Bloom Bank in Linton, about 40 miles south of Terre Haute, in Greene County.

He was finally arrested inside a motel room on Sept. 5, 2017 in Liberty, about 15 miles south of Richmond near the Indiana-Ohio border.

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