Curtis Matthew Taulbee, 20, and Devon Ray Radcliff, 20, entered into a plea agreement for the burglary and fire that destroyed Valley Supply Hardware in Rising Sun.
Both pleaded guilty to Burglary (Level 3 felony) and Arson (Level 4 felony) in Ohio County Circuit Court on Friday, February 15th.
As a part of their pleas, all remaining charges against the two were dismissed.
Taulbee admitted to having mental illness, however, his attorney, Leslie Votaw, told Judge James D. Humphrey it was nothing that would affect his understanding of his court proceedings.
The burglary charge could bring three to 16 years plus up to $10,000 fine. The arson charge could be from two to 12 years or a total of 28 years. It would be at the discretion of the court on whther the sentences would be served consecutive or concurrent. One stipulation is that the two men serve concurrent sentences with pleading guilty to a separate burglary charge at the Rising Sun High School concession stand.
The sentencing hearing for Taulbee will be Thursday, March 16th at 9 a.m. with Radcliff’s hearing at 1 p.m.
The prosecutor and defense attornies will present their cases and store owners Judy and Gary Copeland will be able to testify.
The Copelands continue to deal with insurance companies on the future plans of the store.