Nicholas Stump, 30, Berne, recently pleaded guilty in Adams Circuit Court to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, involving the death of Dennis Sroufe, and will be serving five years in prison.
Stump was sentenced to 2,372 days in prison, with all but 1,825 days — the equivalent of five years — suspended, then 547 days of probation after being released. He was ordered to complete alcohol counseling and pay $571 in court costs and fees.
According to a probable cause affidavit, on Saturday, November 5, 2011, Geneva Deputy Marshall Ronald Rasawehr was dispatched to a home in that community around 1 a.m. to investigate a domestic disturbance. Rasawehr saw a person, which allegedly was Stump, running from the home. He spoke to Brenda Sroufe, who is Stump's mother and Sroufe's wife, and Stump's wife, Lori, outside of the residence. Mrs. Stump said that the four of them had been drinking, and Stump and Sroufe had had an argument.
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