Valpo teen removes electronic monitoring device; flees home detention
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent February 12, 2013 8:44PM
Updated: March 14, 2013 6:31AM
VALPARAISO — The Valparaiso woman who was convicted at 17 for tying a classmate naked to a chair is now wanted on two counts of felony escape.
April Lynn Kuchta, now 18, had pleaded guilty to Class C felony criminal confinement and Class D felony intimidation in October 2011 and received a four-year sentence.
However, she was out of prison Feb. 1 in a community transition supervision program and cut off a GPS monitor ankle bracelet on Feb. 6, according to court files.
Kuchta hasn’t been heard from again, and Porter County has issued a warrant for her arrest on Class C and Class D felony escape charges.
She faces up to eight years in prison on the new charges and a return to jail on time remaining on the old ones.
When sentenced in December 2011, she’d already spent 287 days in Porter County Jail and was eligible for good time credit and time off if she earned her GED.
On Feb. 5, the GPS monitor showed that Kuchta, on home detention, went out without permission.
When at the PACT offices Feb. 6, she was told to wait for a drug test, but she left the waiting area and threw her monitor bracelet in a garbage can at Monroe and Valparaiso streets in Valparaiso.