Man who testified against McCowan sentenced for carjacking
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent April 1, 2013 1:56PM
Charles Wade. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: April 1, 2013 10:34PM
VALPARAISO — Testifying against Dustin McCowan, 20, during his February murder trial meant less jail time for a Merrillville man.
Charles Aaron Wade, 29, had no plea agreement or promises when he volunteered to testify at the trial of McCowan, his former cellblock friend from Porter County Jail, defense attorney Bryan Truitt said at Monday’s sentencing.
He was charged with class B felony burglary, Class B felony confinement and Class C felony intimidation.
Wade pleaded to Class B felony carjacking and Class B felony confinement in March 2012 before law enforcement asked about happenings in the jail.
Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford said that cooperation wouldn’t affect the 15-year sentence, but “I’m going to take that into account in suspending the sentence.”
He then suspended seven years, which Wade will serve on probation.
Wade broke into the Valparaiso apartment of a former girlfriend July 31, 2010, and took her and her car at knifepoint, disposing of the six-inch bladed kitchen knife at the dunes, where police found it in a garbage can, court records state.
He released her in Merrillville.
On Aug. 1, 2010, he hid in her vehicle and took it at knifepoint, along with a child, before police stopped him in Tippecanoe County.
Wade will serve about a year and 100 days with good time behavior.
Bradford also allowed Wade to remain in the Pulaski County Jail for his own safety and to move his probation out of state.
Truitt said the probation needs to be moved because McCowan’s father, Joseph Elliot McCowan, is a Crown Point police officer.