A 66-year-old local resident has been sentenced to serve one year in jail for a burglary in Gays Mills earlier this year.
Stanley J. Smith received the sentence as part of plea agreement worked out between public defender Amanda Tisdale and Crawford County District Attorney Tim Baxter.
Smith faced the charge of entering a dwelling without permission with the intent to steal as the result of an incident that took place on March 1 in Gays Mills. If found guilty of the charge, Smith faced a maximum penalty of up to 12 years and six months in prison as well as a fine up to $25,000.
Gays Mills resident Jay Haggerty returned to his Orin Street residence at 6 p.m. on March 1 and found someone inside the house. Haggerty exited the house and told a neighbor to call authorities.
The neighbor saw Smith exit the house and Haggerty saw him sit near a tree in the yard.
When Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Wade Hutchison arrived, he found Smith seated near the tree. Hutchison stated in the criminal complaint that there was large amount of blood on the defendant’s face and shirt. He said he observed a cut over Smith’s left eye, as well as abrssions and cuts on the nose.
Smith told Hutchison that he had been sucker punched from behind at nearby bar.
Hutchison summoned EMTs to attend to Smith’s injuries. Prior to being transported to the hospital Hutchison searched Smith and discovered a plastic bag containing coins. Among the coins were a silver dollar and 12 half dollars.
In response to a question from Hutchison, smith said the coins were from his mother’s coin collection. Smith also denied he had entered the Haggerty residence.
In recounting the incident, Haggerty told investigating Deputy Doug Olson that he had left his residence at 4:30 p.m. and returned at 6 p.m. He said that he heard footsteps upstairs. He said that the called out asking who was there and got no answer.
Haggerty subsequently encountered the defendant coming out of a bedroom and asked, “Who are you?”
According to the criminal complaint. Smith allegedly responded by asking Haggerty, “Who are you?”
Hutchison showed Haggerty the plastic bag of coins he had taken from Smith and Haggerty identified them as belonging to him, according to the criminal complaint.
Stanley pled guilty to burglary of a building or dwelling in exchange for a recommendation from the DA that he be sentenced to one year in jail. The judge accepted the deal, which included granting Stanley credit for 51 days in jail already served.
The court ordered Stanley to pay restitution of $72.64 to Haggerty and $74 to Dylan Enke for another incident. Stanley was also ordered to provide the court with a DNA sample