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
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
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
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
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
Investigators did succeed in recovering some of the items stolen.