Prosecutors upgrade charge against man in break-in

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FRANKLIN – The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office upgraded a charge against an Indianapolis man arrested for breaking into a Greenwood home last month.

On the morning of April 6, investigators said Scottie Turner, 54, broke in to the home of Ray and Melanie Gephart. Mrs. Gephart heard a noise and her husband ran downstairs to investigate. He eventually confronted and subdued Turner while his wife grabbed a gun and called police.

When officers arrived, they arrested Turner on a charge of residential entry, a class “D” felony that carries up to three years in prison. After looking at the case, Prosecutor Brad Cooper determined that the charge could be upgraded to class “A” felony burglary, which carries a sentence of up to 50 years in prison.

Cooper reviewed the evidence with investigators and filed a new arrest warrant for Turner on the upgraded charge. He was arrested over the weekend and is now back in the Johnson County Jail.

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