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Man sentenced for burglary attempt last September

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Friday, March 17, 2017 01:24 pm
A Fort Wayne man was sentenced to six years for attempting to burglarize a home by breaking the door in last September. James M. Charleston, 50, of the 12400 block of Cliff View Court, was sentenced Friday in Allen Superior Court to serve six years of a 12-year sentence for the attempted burglary of a residence Sept. 2. Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull ordered six years suspended and for Charleston to serve three years on probation. Charleston also was ordered to serve a one-year executed sentence for operating a vehicle after forfeiture of his driver's license. The terms were ordered to be served concurrently, or at the same time.

Charleston, who pleaded guilty Feb. 17, admitted he attempted to burglarize a home on Sept. 2 by breaking in the door, but left when the alarm sounded.

Charleston contested during the sentencing hearing that he only broke one door and not two. Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Carolyn Foley presented photos of the damaged doors, in which both were broken in half and the jamb was splintered. He was ordered to pay $7,981.55 in restitution to pay for the broken doors.

Charleston told Gull the last 15 years were a blur of prison sentences and crime — a result of a "drug problem that has made me make poor decisions."

Gull ordered a lifetime license suspension for Charleston, and credited him with four days of jail credit. She dismissed two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief.


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