Mom sentenced for selling stolen gunsPublished 3:57pm Friday, October 12, 2012
A LaPaz, Ind., woman, Calli Deacon, 23, who is five months pregnant with her third child, Aug. 7 pleaded guilty in Cass County court to 12 counts of receiving and concealing stolen firearms, which she helped a former boyfriend sell for $500 to a confidential informant. The charge is punishable by 10 years.
Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz said she put herself in danger on April 11, 2011, on Elkhart Road in Edwardsburg because stolen guns tend to find their way to bad places and could have left “blood on her hands.” Multiple firearms increases the danger.
“I know I can do better,” Deacon said tearfully, adding she enrolled in substance abuse counseling and is trying to get her life back on track. She has a prior marijuana conviction and kids ages 7 and 2.
Noting she became a mother at 16, Judge Michael Dodge said, “Your life is pretty full and complicated already.” Two years probation includes 150 days in jail, with credit for seven. Deacon is in straddle cell range, meaning she could go to jail or prison if she violates probation.