Guilty plea for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon with an habitual offender acknowledgment

From Decatur County Prosecutor Nathan Harter

Eric Cisneros was sentenced on January 12, 2023 by Judge Matthew Bailey in the Decatur Superior Court, after pleading guilty to Level 4 Felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon and admitting to being an Habitual Offender. The parties entered a plea agreement in which the sentence was left open for Judge Bailey to set, with a maximum of 16 total years and a maximum of 10 years in prison. Judge Bailey ultimately sentenced Cisneros to two years for the firearm offense and eight more years as an Habitual Offender, for a total of ten years, all in prison.
The State was represented by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brian Clark. Cisneros’s criminal history includes seven convictions in Hancock County, one in Henry County, and one prior here in Decatur County. These include Theft, Residential Entry, Domestic Battery, multiple Invasions of Privacy, Resisting Law Enforcement, multiple Possessions of Marijuana and Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and Operating While Intoxicated.
Several officers deserve recognition for their work in this case, including Officers Mitch Tuttle and Austin Gross of Greensburg Police and Deputy Keith Lawson of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.
Prosecuting Attorney Nate Harter expressed satisfaction with the outcome. “I am grateful to the teammates who worked together to bring about this result. A member of the public called in the bad acts, law enforcement took the report and did a thorough investigation, and Deputy Prosecutor Clark ensured that justice was ultimately served through a conviction and a just sentence rendered in a court of law.”

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