Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 6, 2014

Home invasion suspect pleads guilty in court



One of the suspects involved in a home invasion, where a New Paris couple were confined in their home, pleaded guilty to several felonies this morning in Elkhart Circuit Court.
Jeffrey R. Hill, 43, Winona Lake, pleaded guilty to armed robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class A felony; burglary, Class A felony; conspiracy to commit burglary, a Class B felony; and criminal confinement, a Class B felony.
The sentence will be up to the court’s discretion. Hill reserved the right to appeal the sentence if he chooses to.
The sentencing date is March 27. The prosecutor indicated Hill could receive up to a 120-year sentence.
Another part of the deal on the prosecutor’s side is not to file an additional Class A felony against Hill or ask for other sentence enhancements.
The home invasion took place Nov. 4 at the home of Donald and Beverly Neer, south of New Paris.
The Neers were in court to hear Hill’s admission.
Co-defendant Jeffrey Hunt, 25, Winona Lake, who is Hill’s son, has not entered a plea.