Michael Simers leaves the courtroom after learning of his 12 year sentence Thursday, July 18.
Mike Perleberg-Eagle 99.3
(Aurora, Ind.) – Half of a duo who burglarized businesses is going to prison for 12 years.
Osgood resident Michael Simers, 40, was sentenced Thursday for his role in breaking into several businesses in Dearborn and Ohio counties in 2012. As part of a negotiated plea agreement, Simers pleaded guilty to three counts of Burglary in Dearborn Superior Court II.
Following the plea, Judge Sally Blankenship slapped Simers with four years for each count to be conserved consecutively, or a total of 12 years with no time suspended to probation. Simers’ Dearborn County sentence will be served concurrently with any sentence Simers may receive in Ohio County, where his case is still pending.
Blankenship also ordered Simers to pay more than $35,000 in restitution to the Dearborn County businesses and people he burglarized: Panama Pete’s Tanning Salon, Laughery Valley Ag Co-op, Flavors Ice Cream, Harold Whisman, and Brett Fehrman.
The 12 year sentence came after a May 16 court hearing in which Blankenship rejected a plea agreement that would have put Simers in jail for at least eight years. In her rejection, Blankenship indicated that the time was insufficient.
From June through September of 2012, Simers and Robert Huntington, of Milan, inconvenienced many people with at least nine burglaries in the Rising Sun and Aurora areas. They targeted cash and safes. Dearborn-Ohio County Special Crimes Unit detectives brought Simers and Huntington’s burglary spree to an end in November.
In May, Huntington was sentenced to 20 years in Dearborn Superior Court II for his role in the burglary burglaries.