St. Meinrad man sentenced on meth, confinement charges

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

ROCKPORT — A St. Meinrad man was sentenced to prison Friday in Spencer Circuit Court in a 2016 case involving criminal confinement.

Collignon

Corey L. Collignon, 28, who had pleaded guilty to Level 3 felony criminal confinement and Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine in March, was sentenced Friday to 16 years at the Indiana Department of Correction. Spencer Circuit Judge Jon Dartt stipulated that seven years of the sentence will be executed and nine years will be suspended to probation.

Collignon was arrested August 27, 2016 when Indiana State Police Master Trooper Trey Lytton responded to a report to Spencer County Dispatch of a woman possibly being beaten up and held hostage in St. Meinrad by her boyfriend, who was Collignon. Lytton arrived to find the victim sitting in a vehicle in front of the residence at 19529 N. Spencer County Road 1250E near St. Meinrad with numerous bruises on her face arms and legs. He also noticed bleeding from around the victim’s eyebrow and behind her left ear.

Lytton and other officers did not locate Collignon during a search of the residence, but Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Hester and his K9 were able to track Collignon to a nearby field where he was apprehended following a chase on foot of approximately 50 yards into some adjacent woods.

The victim told investigators that Collignon had been physically abusing her on a daily basis and refused to allow her to leave the residence and would not allow her to have her car keys.

Collignon was arrested on multiple charges but, under a plea and sentencing agreement with Spencer County Prosecutor Dan Wilkinson, he entered a guilty plea to the most serious charge — criminal confinement as a Level 3 felony —  as well as possession of methamphetamine in an unrelated pending case.  Collignon had been held at the Spencer County Law Enforcement Center on a $20,000 cash bond since his arrest on Aug. 27, 2016, and will now be transferred to the Indiana Department of Correction to begin serving his prison sentence.

“Thanks to the actions and intervention of Trooper Lytton and other members of law enforcement,” Wilkinson said, “a cycle of domestic violence was broken and a victim was rescued from further abuse.

“This case involved acts of criminal confinement, but frequently victims of domestic violence find it extremely difficult to leave abusive situations even when opportunities to leave present themselves. The agreement in this case rightly sends the abuser to prison and was reached in close consultation with the victim.

“I am hopeful she will be able to start a new chapter in her life free from the cycle of domestic abuse and violence.”

Wilkinson encouraged anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or cares about someone who is a victim of domestic violence to reach out and get help from agencies and organizations in the community who stand ready to help.”

Information on domestic violence policies as well as a link to victim resources can be found on the Spencer County Prosecutor’s Office website at http://spencoprosecutor.org/dv-info.  Victims can get advice and assistance from local advocacy groups such as Crisis Connection (800-245-4580) and Albion Fellows Bacon Center (800-339-7752).




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