By Dave Pearce
According to Posey County Prosecutor Travis Clowers, an Evansville man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison as the result of a Posey County home invasion and assault case from April of this year.
The sentencing was part of a plea agreement made last month in the case of 25-year-old Adrian Valentine. Police say Valentine and four other men forced their way into a Mount Vernon home on April 23, assaulted Jerome Stewart, threatened a woman and her young son and stole money.
Valentine was also ordered by the judge to pay Stewart $10,000 in restitution for the money he stole and he was ordered to pay an additional $5,000 towards Stewart’s medical bills.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on April 23, 2013, Posey County resident’s Jerome Stewart and Danielle Moore called 911 to report that several unknown men had forced their way into their home, located on Lee Drive in Mount Vernon, Ind., and had seriously assaulted Jerome Stewart. Danielle Moore also reported that two of the unknown men, at least one of which was armed with a handgun, threatened her and her son’s lives and demanded to know where Jerome Stewart had hidden money in the home. Stewart and Moore further reported that the men then found $10,000 that had been hidden in a Christmas tree box in their bedroom closet and that the men then fled their home.
Mount Vernon Police Detective Thomas Rueger was assigned to investigate the robbery and burglary and Valentine was subsequently identified as having been involved in the crimes. Jerome Stewart identified a photo of Valentine and reported that he was the first unknown male who forced his way into their home and who physically assaulted him with a handgun.
Rueger located and arrested Valentine on April 25, 2013. At the time of his arrest, Valentine agreed to speak to Detective Rueger and ultimately admitted that he had been involved in the burglary and robbery of Jerome Stewart and Danielle Moore. Valentine admitted in his statement that he drove to Mount Vernon, Indiana with four (4) other males whom he knew only by their nicknames. Valentine admitted that he and the other unknown males discussed ‘hitting a lick’ or committing a robbery of a person who they believed possessed a large sum of money and who lived in Mount Vernon. Valentine claimed that he stood outside Jerome Stewart’s home and served as a ‘look out’ while the other males entered the home, assaulted Jerome Stewart, threatened Danielle Moore and her young son and then stole money. Valentine claimed that they only stole approximately $5,000 and that he was only given $1,500.
Posey County Prosecutor, Travis Clowers, stated that he “appreciated the hard work of Detective Thomas Rueger in identifying and locating Adrian Valentine so quickly.” Prosecutor Clowers further stated that he was “pleased with the 30 year sentence” and “with the speed in which this violent felon has been removed from our Community.” Prosecutor Clowers vowed that his office would “continue to work closely with and to assist all local law enforcement agencies in their continued pursuit of similar violent offenders.”
By Dave Pearce
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