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October 25, 2013

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Joshua L. Bagwell, 20, Nappanee, admitted to a Class B felony charge of robbery resulting in bodily injury. The robbery occurred at a store on Oakland Avenue in Elkhart in June. The owner of the store was beaten and $2,000 was stolen.

Bagwell’s plea agreement calls for him to receive a 16-year sentence with six years of that suspended. He will also serve six years on probation and must make restitution, perform 50 hours of community service and undergo addictions treatment while in prison.

His co-defendant, Andrew M. Ormanovich, 21, Nappanee, also pleaded guilty to robbery resulting in bodily injury. His plea agreement calls for him to serve 14 years in prison with six years suspended.

Kayla Losee, 19, Nappanee and Justin Kearney, 25, New Paris, are also charged in the case.

In another armed robbery case, Shawn Marks, 27, Elkhart, entered a guilty plea to armed robbery. He admitted to robbing the Chiphone Credit Union on Beardsley Avenue in Elkhart in January.

His plea agreement calls for a 12-year prison term with four years of that term suspended.

A co-defendant in the case is Christopher Coleman.

Meth plea agreements

Gerald Sawicki, 53, Ligonier, entered a plea agreement to a charge of attempting to deal in methamphetamine on March 26, a Class B felony.

Sawicki’s deal calls for a 12-year prison sentence with six years of that sentence suspended. Sentencing will occur later.

Also, Steven Garrett, 36, of Goshen, entered a guilty plea as part of a plea agreement in Elkhart Superior Court III, to a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a public park. Shewmaker accepted the plea on behalf of Judge George Biddlecome, who was not working Thursday.

The Class A felony charge carries up to a 30-year prison term. The case will be returned to Superior Court III for sentencing.

Paul A. Hunter, 26, a homeless Elkhart man, entered a guilty plea to manufacturing methamphetamine, which also would be a violation of his probation. The charge is a Class D felony.

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