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Admitted Valpo burglar sentenced to Drug Court

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A Valparaiso woman has been sentenced to the Adult Drug Court program after pleading guilty in connection with the burglary in April 2012 of a Valparaiso residence.

Stacy Lynn Biggs, 32, was sentenced on Friday to complete the Drug Court program, after she entered pleas of guilty on two counts of burglary, a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years.

In her sentencing order, Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper made note of two mitigating factors: that Biggs has admitted her guilt and that she has “no prior history of criminal charges or convictions.”

Harper also made note of one aggravating factor: that the items stolen exceeded for one of the victims $20,000.

“Ongoing substance abuse issues are not a mitigator,” Harper added, “as (Biggs) has been afforded rehabilitative substance abuse treatment on multiple occasions.”

Should Biggs fail to complete Drug Court, any sentencing on the burglary counts would be consecutive, meaning that Biggs would face a minimum term of 12 years in prison.

Harper also ordered Biggs, while she is under the supervision of the Drug Court, to have no contact with her co-defendant in the case, James Timothy Mullins, 48, also of Valparaiso, who in November was sentenced to six years in prison.

Biggs is to be transported to Alice’s House—a halfway facility for women recovering from substance abuse—when a bed there is available.

According to Valparaiso Police, on April 23, 2012, a resident who’d been out of town reported the burglary of his home in the 4200 block of Oakgrove Drive and the theft of jewelry and prescription medications valued in the thousands.

Investigators traced some of the stolen items to a local pawn shop and were able to locate the subject who had pawned them. That person identified one of the burglars, Biggs, who then identified Mullins as an accomplice, police said.

Investigators did succeed in recovering some of the items stolen.


Posted 1/2/2013