McCordsville woman faces prison time in plea deal if accepted

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HANCOCK COUNTY — The case against a McCordsville woman who is facing a Level 4 felony count of burglary and two Level 6 felony charges of theft from an incident in December 2021 appears to be headed to a plea agreement.

Ariana Jolynn Jake, 28, signed a plea deal in Hancock County Superior Court 1 that could send her to prison for several years. Officials held a change of plea hearing Monday, May 16 where Jake admitted guilt. A full sentencing hearing is slated for Wednesday, June 29 where the court will make a final call to accept or reject the deal.

The agreement calls for a five-year sentence with four years to be executed in the Indiana Department of Corrections and 1 year spent on formal probation for the Level 4 charge. Jake would also be given a two-year sentence for the Level 6 auto theft charge that would be served at the IDOC concurrently.

According to a probable cause affidavit, deputies were dispatched to 5000 block of North Attleburg Drive, McCordsville for a reported burglary around 3 a.m. Dec. 16, 2021. Deputies arrived and were advised by a couple they had been the victims of a burglary.

The couple said they were robbed and had received multiple notifications that credit cards were fraudulently used. The couple found a downstairs window had been opened and that a purse with car keys, along with several gift and credit cards and an Apple Watch were missing.

The couple called back later that morning around 6 a.m. and reported a car they had was also now missing.

Lawrence Police Department located a vehicle traveling westbound on Pendleton Pike near Mitthoeffer Road via a tracking Apple Watch device, the affidavit said. Lawrence Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the vehicle failed to stop. During the vehicle pursuit, a female, later identified as Jake, fled from the passenger seat of the vehicle and was apprehended. She was in possession of many stolen items from the couple, the affidavit said.

Jake told officials she didn’t know the man driving the car but had met him that night, and the two of them found a house with an open window and she broke in, she said in the affidavit. Jake told officials after breaking into the home she and the man went to approximately 10 gas stations near Shadeland Avenue where she spent approximately $700 purchasing cigarettes, vape cartridges, lottery tickets and gas.

The two later went back and stole the car from the home she broke into with the stolen keys after they had crashed the other car they were in that night, Jake told officials in the report.

The male driver of the vehicle, later identified as Jerry Hoskins, was eventually taken into custody by Lawrence Police officers in the 4000 block of Bragdon Street in Lawrence after ramming several vehicles with the stolen car, the affidavit said. Hoskins is still facing Level 6 felony charges in Superior Court 2.

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