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Cloverdale Teen Sentenced Tuesday In Connection With Home Invasion

Staff Report


Coleton James Giberson Coleton James Giberson Coleton James Giberson, 18, of Cloverdale, appeared in the Owen Circuit Court I on November

24 for a sentencing hearing in front of Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen on a charge of robbery, a level 5 felony. Giberson was charged with the offense following a joint investigation conducted by Captain Detective Erich Teuton of the Owen County Sheriff’s Department and Investigator Dan McBride with the Owen County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, a 911 call was made to the Owen County Dispatch Center in the early morning hours of May 25th. The victim reported that he had been beaten by one or more masked individuals during an early morning home invasion at his residence in northern Owen County. The victim reported that one individual possessed a handgun during the incident and that the beating caused him to lose consciousness. After the victim awoke, the suspects were gone and he noticed that a number of items had been taken from his residence. Ultimately, the investigation led officers from Owen County into neighboring Putnam County where they located evidence of the crime and several suspects. In all, five individuals were detained on various charges related to the early morning home invasion.

According to Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere, Giberson was sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections with three years executed and the balance suspended to probation. VanDerMoere advised that Giberson must serve 75 percent of this sentence under Indiana’s new sentencing law. Giberson was the last of the five co-defendants to plead guilty.

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