Mitchell Man Sentenced On Felony Theft Charges In Pike County

(PETERSBURG) – David Kennedy, 54, of Mitchell, was sentenced in Pike County Circuit Court, Thursday on two counts felony counts of theft.

David L. Kennedy file photo

Kennedy pleaded guilty to receiving $80,000 from a Pike County couple to build a house and never started construction.

Kennedy took a down payment from Ryan and Chelsa Knepp to construct a 2,285 square feet home on Cart Road.

Kennedy was arrested back on October 1, 2018 on those charges.

Kennedy was sentenced to six years in the Indiana Department of Correction. Three years of that sentenced was suspended. Kennedy will begin serving his sentence at the Wabash Correctional Facility on November 2, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Kennedy was also ordered to make restitution to Ryan and Chelsa Knepp in the amount of $65,510.

Kennedy’s attorney, Douglas Walton, plans to appeal the case.

Kennedy is also facing charges in Lawrence County, for corrupt business influence, theft, and home improvement fraud.

His jury trial is scheduled on November 12, 2020, in Lawrence County Superior Court I with Judge John Plummer III presiding.