Porter County Courts
July 27, 2012 4:36PM
Updated: August 30, 2012 6:24AM
Man admits selling pills to officers
Some of the drugs a Valparaiso man sold to the Porter County Drug Task Force weren’t the morphine pills he’d promised, but he still pleaded guilty to dealing for that incident and another.
David J. Valentine, 52, had faced up to 20 years in prison on Class B felony dealing in a schedule I, II or II drug and was also charged with Class D felony dealing in a counterfeit substance, but he pleaded to both charges as Class D felonies Thursday in Porter County Superior Court.
Valentine allegedly sold 20 Risperidone pills as morphine for $200 on Aug. 23 and sold 20 Adderall pills for $200 on Sept. 14.
According to the agreement he entered into, Valentine’s sentence will be time served at his Sept. 21 sentencing if Porter County Circuit Judge Mary Harper accepts his plea.
admits to thefts
A one-time Kentucky man will like get a 10-year prison sentence for crimes that include burglarizing a church and stealing an SUV and the items in it.
Robert Jean Penrose III, 30, pleaded guilty Thursday to Class C felony aiding in a burglary and Class D felony auto theft.
In March 2008, he broke into Emmanuel Baptist Church on McCool Road in Portage and assisted in talking $40 from a desk and a safe that included an undisclosed amount of money, the church checkbook, financial records and other items.
Police traced him off DNA from a cigarette butt left in the gym of the church’s school.
In May 2011, after leaving a rehabilitation program in Kentucky, he stole a Ford Explorer in Portage, used the credit cards and stole the GPS, radar detector and 100 compact discs.
Police identified Penrose on surveillance video at the stores where he used the cards. His sentencing is Sept. 11.