Porter County Courts
October 1, 2012 4:12PM
Updated: November 3, 2012 6:15AM
Battery charge changed to a felony
The severity of a battery charge against a Valparaiso man has increased from him getting him a possible year in jail to a possible eight years in prison now that the alleged victim has miscarried.
Jacob L. Parrish, 19, originally was charged with Class A misdemeanor battery for the Sept. 2 incident where he allegedly flipped a pregnant woman over his shoulder and on to a concrete porch.
However, the Porter County prosecutor’s office changed the charge to Class C felony battery causing injury to a pregnant woman on Sept. 26 after doctors said they couldn’t detect the heartbeat of the fetus and the child was dead.
Parrish was allegedly the father.
Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford set Parrish’s trial for the week of April 8 and his bail bond at $10,000 on Monday.
10-year sentence for man in police stand-off
A man who held off Valparaiso police with a 9 mm pistol after they responded to suicide threats received a 10-year prison sentence Monday.
Gregory Stuart Koss, 52, received no probation time as part of his sentence for his plea to Class B felony serious violent felony possessing a firearm.
Police went to Koss’ apartment on Chicago Street for a welfare check Jan. 18 after he posted apparent suicide threats on Facebook, but he wouldn’t let them in and said he was armed and planned to harm himself.
Koss has a 1981 conviction for armed robbery in Indianapolis and said the pistol belonged to his wife in Muncie.