DANVILLE — An Avon man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to an A felony count of burglary resulting in serious bodily injury.
A probable cause affidavit from the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department reports that Shawn Voorhies broke into a Plainfield man's residence about noon on Aug. 11, 2011.
Police say Voorhies already had a TV, Xbox, children's games, a Colts bag, and other duffle bags in his pickup when the victim came home from work on his lunch break.
The victim told police that he didn't know Voorhies. When he allegedly confronted Voorhies, he asked him what he was doing, to which Voorhies responded he was collecting a drug debt from the victim's son. According to the affidavit, the victim has two children who were 11 and 7 years old at the time.
The victim then told police that Voorhies began removing the license plate bolts from his truck. When he started dialing 911 on his cell phone, Voorhies allegedly put him in a choke hold, eventually rendering the victim unconscious. When the victim regained consciousness, he claims he was covered in blood and believed his nose was broken.
The man's next-door neighbor, also his uncle, told police he jumped the fence separating their properties after hearing yelling, in time to see to Voorhies exiting his nephew's driveway. The county's 911 communications center then issued a broadcast for the suspect.
An Indiana State Police trooper allegedly spotted the truck matching the description driving northbound on State Road 267 and Stafford Road. After pulling the driver over, the trooper says he could see the stolen property in the truck, which was identified as belonging to Voorhies, who also matched descriptions issued by officials.
Once in custody, Voorhies allegedly told officials that he'd met with the victim several times before at an Avon bar. On one occasion, Voorhies told police he gave him a quarter-ounce of cocaine. After months of the victim supposedly not paying Voorhies for the drugs, they concocted a plan where the victim would leave his garage door open for Voorhies to stage a burglary. Then, say police, the victim would file an insurance claim and repay Voorhies with that money, after which Voorhies would return his stolen property. Officials in the affidavit state they did not believe the story.