The Valparaiso woman whose four-year prison term was coming to an end when
she went missing from a community transition program in February will have
to serve another four years.
April Lynn Kuchta, 19, was sentenced on Friday to four years in the Indiana
Department of Correction (DOC), after she pleaded guilty to escape, with no
time suspended but credit for time served while awaiting disposition in the
Porter County Jail.
Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa also ordered Kuchta to complete the
GED program while incarcerated.
Kuchta was originally sentenced to an effective sentence of four years in
the DOC after pleading guilty to criminal confinement and intimidation, in
connection with an incident in April 2011 when, according to Valparaiso
Police, she and a 15-year-old accomplice lured a 17-year-old special needs
boy to a residence on Roseland Terrace in Valparaiso, threatened him with a
knife, handcuffed him, and sexually battered him.
Under Indiana Code, Kuchta was eligible for release after serving half that
four-year sentence and had been placed in a community transition program
when, on Feb. 6, she absconded in Downtown Valparaiso before she was due to
complete a drug test at the Porter County PACT offices. She was found and
taken into custody on Feb. 28 at an acquaintance’s apartment in the 100
block of Hickory Street, less than a mile from the garbage can at Monroe and
Valparaiso streets into which she had dumped a GPS monitoring device after
Kuchta was subsequently charged with two counts of escape, one of them a
Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years, the other a Class
D felony punishable by a term of six months to three years. Kuchta pleaded
guilty to the Class C felony and the other count was dismissed.
In addition to sentencing Kuchta to four more years in the DOC, Alexa
modified Kuchta’s original sentence to time served through April 30, 2013,
that is, to 744 actual days. And Alexa terminated the no-contact order with
the victim which had been in effect and entered it instead as a condition of
probation on Kuchta’s release from the DOC.