Tuesday, June 14, 2011

UFO NEWS | Long Time Criminal & Conman, Bill Knell To Cut Deal On Felony Charges with Boone County Prosecutor

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Boone County Prosecutor
Knell Plea Hearing Delayed

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor
The Lebanon (IN) Reporter

     A man who left his children in “deplorable” conditions will admit to two of 10 “neglect of a dependent” charges, according to court documents.

William Knell, 55, 100 block of S. Lebanon Street, will acknowledge he placed his children in danger twice, between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1, 2010, and again between Sept.2 and Sept. 10, 2009, under the deal offered by the Boone County Prosecutor.

Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Edens was to have held a hearing on the offer Thursday, but that hearing has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. July 26.

Pamela Buchanan, Knell’s defense attorney, asked for the delay so additional screening could be completed by the Boone County Community Corrections Program, according to court records.

No details of the plea were listed. Each of the 10 neglect charges are class D felonies, which carry sentences of six months to three years and fines up to $10,000.

On Feb. 4, Knell’s wife, Catherine, 47, pleaded guilty to three counts of child neglect following an investigation of the Knell home, 1610 Ashley Drive, by the Indiana Department of Child Services and Lebanon Police. Catherine Knell’s 1 1/2 year sentences were suspended; she was placed on two years probation.

Investigators found rotted food in a refrigerator and in bathrooms and bedrooms. The house was overrun by cockroaches and the toilets were “filled with feces,” DCS investigator Jenny Essex said in a court document. Similar conditions were found in May 2008 and September 2009 when DCS investigators returned to the home.

Several civil judgments against the Knells, for credit card fraud and other complaints, have been awarded by Arizona courts.

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