A Farmland, Indiana, man who was recently sentenced in Adams County Circuit Court to 15 years in an Indiana prison has a long criminal history, according to Adams County Prosecutor Christopher E. Harvey.
On May 25, Roy V. Wells, 64, pleaded guilty in Adams Circuit Court to burglary.
According to court information, on May 20, 2011, a rural Adams County family returned home to discover someone had broken into their home and two large containers of coins were missing.
The Adams County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of the Berne Police Department, investigated the incident and collected DNA evidence from inside the home. After learning of a possible match, investigators received a search warrant for Wells' DNA and further analysis confirmed the match.
Court documents show that since 1969, Wells has been convicted of 30 felonies in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Ohio, and Indiana, including 16 burglaries.
Adams Circuit Court Judge Fredrick A. Schurger said during sentencing that Wells "has the worst criminal record I have seen while serving on the bench," according to the release.
In addition to the 15-year sentence Schurger imposed, Wells is also serving a 15-year sentence issued by the Randolph Circuit Court for an unrelated burglary, and a one-year sentence from Jay County for receiving stolen property.
The Randolph and Adams County sentences are to be served consecutively to each other, resulting in a 30-year sentence, effectively a life sentence for Wells, Harvey noted.