2013-07-24 / Front Page

Wabash Valley Man Sentenced Tuesday For Role In Theft Case

Staff Report

Taejon L. Norton Taejon L. Norton Taejon L. Norton, 20, of Terre Haute, was sentenced Tuesday in Owen Circuit Court for his role in an early 2012 theft case that occurred in the town of Spencer. Norton pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal recklessness with a firearm (C-felonies) and one count of theft (D-felony).

Norton admitted that he and Jessica Bartlett (who has already been sentenced for her role) agreed to promote prostitution and to steal money from a “john or client” by taking his money and fleeing prior to her performing any sexual acts. An encounter was arranged and once at the residence, the client refused to provide payment to Bartlett prior to receiving sexual favors from her. Due to the conflict regarding payment, Bartlett exited the residence and returned with Norton who was posing as her “pimp.” Eventually, fifty dollars was given to Norton by the client but the man grabbed Bartlett’s arm to prevent her from leaving. At this point, Norton retrieved a handgun from his pocket and discharged it randomly into the residence of the client. Bartlett and Norton along with a six-month-old infant fled to Monroe County and later were apprehended by authorities from the Spencer Police Department.

According to Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere, “after all the witnesses and arguments were made by counsel, Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen sentenced Mr. Norton to a fully executed sentence of seven years in the Department of Corrections.”

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