An Elkhart man charged with a Class A felony sexual offense appeared in Elkhart County Superior Court 1 Monday for an initial hearing.

Barry Wood, 50, 54520 Pebblestone Court, Elkhart, was charged with criminal deviate conduct, a Class A felony, in a case filed in May. He appeared before Judge Evan Roberts for an initial hearing Monday, and the judge set a status conference for Sept. 20. Wood is free after posting bond.

Kawliga Stickler, 20, Goshen, appeared for an initial hearing on a charge of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class C felony. He is accused of hitting another man and breaking his nose in an incident in downtown Goshen June 22.

An attorney appearance date was set and bond was confirmed at $10,000. A status conference is set for Sept. 20.

Joshua Patton, 21, Goshen, appeared and entered a guilty plea to domestic battery as a Class A misdemeanor. The plea agreement defers a sentence for one year.

He admitted striking a woman Oct. 19, 2006. A sentencing hearing is set for July 6, 2008. Defense attorney L. Jay Miller told the judge that it was a mutual arrest, and the young woman has negotiated the same plea agreement in her case.

In other action, a Goshen woman who was charged with domestic battery appeared and entered a guilty plea to the charge.

Morgan Flora, 22, Goshen, was charged with the offense in January. She admitted scratching the face of a young man.

She attempted to enter a guilty plea at her initial hearing in January, but that plea was rejected by Judge Roberts in March because she did not have legal representation.

Defense attorney Eric Kinsman asked the judge to reconsider accepting the plea and the judge did so. He went on to impose a sentence of one year in jail, all suspended, and probation. He imposed a one-year fine and imposed the domestic violence fee. He set a compliance hearing for Dec. 17.

Kenyon Carruthers, 23, Elkhart, appeared and entered a guilty plea to strangulation, a Class D felony.

The plea agreement he offered the court sets a cap of 18 months on the prison term, but he must serve any penalty consecutive to any terms he must serve in Elkhart County Circuit Court and Elkhart city court.

Judge Roberts set sentencing for Aug. 6.

Donald Holder Jr., 40, Elkhart, also appeared and entered a guilty plea to criminal confinement, a Class D felony.

The plea agreement he entered sets a cap of six months on any penalty and suggests it may be served in home detention. Sentencing is set for Aug. 6.

Andre Powell, 34, who was found guilty of theft after a jury trial in Superior Court 1, received a three-year term Monday.

Representing himself in the sentencing hearing, Powell said he has tried to better himself, and has earned an associate’s degree from Indiana State University.

He added that he has written two books that he hopes to publish soon.

Deputy prosecutor Mark Altenhof pointed out the man’s criminal history includes burglary and battery charges in Ohio, before he moved to Elkhart.

Powell countered that he has never been charged with battery, but always commits burglary.

“Every crime I have committed before this is burglary, not battery,” Powell said.

Judge Roberts imposed a three-year term, the maximum penalty for the Class D felony. He noted credit for 374 days spent in jail.



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