2014-02-04 / Front Page

Suspect Sentenced For Role In 2012 Robbery Of Gosport Store

Staff Report


Joseph Glenn Kuiper Joseph Glenn Kuiper Joseph Glenn Kuiper, 22, of Poland, was sentenced to the Department of Corrections on January 28th by Owen County Circuit Court Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen after he pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery as a class C-Felony. The charge stemmed from an incident that occurred on September 1, 2012 at the Dollar General in Gosport.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Chief Deputy Greg Denny of the Owen County Sheriff ’s Department, Kuiper and his co-defendant, Michael L. Kelley, began the day by robbing the grocery store in Poland. The two then traveled to Gosport where Kelley entered the Dollar General store and demanded money from the cashier while displaying a handgun. The two then fled the area and were later apprehended in Marion County.

According to Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere, Kuiper admitted during questioning that he was guilty of conspiring with Kelley to commit the Gosport robbery. Kuiper also admitted that he has prior juvenile and adult adjudications, that he regularly abused drugs and that he has been afforded rehabilitation opportunities in the past.

Kuiper was sentenced to four years executed in the Department of Corrections, with that sentence running consecutive to a sentence he is already serving out of Clay County.

Kelley was sentenced in August of 2013 to four years executed in the Department of Corrections, with that sentence running consecutive to sentences he was already serving out of both Clay and Elkhart counties.

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