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Scott Catlett sentenced to four years in prison

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The defense attempted to show how remorseful Catlett was and called in two witnesses to attest to that. The defense attempted to show how remorseful Catlett was and called in two witnesses to attest to that.

After a delayed sentencing, Wednesday morning Scott Catlett, former co-director of Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, was sentenced to four years in prison on a first degree felony kidnapping charge.

On December 13th at the original sentencing, 59-year-old Catlett was in need of medical attention and the proceeding was suspended.

Catlett originally faced one count of kidnapping, one count of assault and two counts of rape. That is until he struck a plea deal dropping all but the kidnapping charge. The deal carried 11 years maximum in prison and 20,000 dollars in fines.

His charge stems from an alleged incident with 27-year-old Patrick Deal. Prosecution details that while in Catlett’s house, he assaulted and then detained Deal for approximately 18 to 20 hours. Catlett’s defense said he was provoked by a series of break-ins and thefts from his home, by Deal.

"The victim is rendered unconscious," said Allen County Assistant Prosecutor Terry Kohlrieser. "When he comes to, he’s got blood on him, he’s taken down to a basement, tied up and held for several hours. We’re talking about anywhere from 18 to 20 hours that he was held in this basement." 

The defense attempted to show how remorseful Catlett was and called in two witnesses to attest to that. His daughter McKayla and brother-in-law Paul Moss.

Explain to me the contrast," Judge David Cheney said. "One of the worst things I get in this court are individuals who have no record and have contributed to the community in one way, shape, form or another. Then they get in here and they’re staring at a felony in the first degree with a potential order of imprisonment of 11 years. That’s what I got here."

I’ve always believed I’ve tried, in my life, to be part of the solution not part of the problem," Catlett said. "How easy it is to bounce to the other side I guess but, that was never my intention."

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