Key member of metal theft ring sentenced

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INDIANAPOLIS – A man involved in a metal theft ring has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Jimichael Parker pleaded guilty in connection with five burglaries—four in Marion County and one in Madison County—at commercial buildings where he and his associates removed copper wire and other valuable materials so they could sell it as scrap.

The theft ring, which prosecutors say operated over a ten-month period, resulted in an estimated $282,000 in repairs for the commercial buildings that were targeted. Parker was already serving time in the Indiana Department of Correction in connection with the Madison County charge. He’ll serve an additional six years on a count of corrupt business influence and four counts of burglary for the Marion County crimes.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said another associate of Parker’s, Gerald Joyce, has also been sentenced and is serving 10 years. The cases against four other members of the metal theft ring are pending.