Charges upgraded in case involving man police say broke into home

Man could face up to 50 years in prison

FRANKLIN, Ind. - Charges have been upgraded against a man who police and prosecutors said was confronted after he broke into a couple's home in Greenwood.

The Johnson County Prosecutor's Office said Monday that Scottie Turner, 54, was charged with burglary, a Class A felony, which is punishable by up to 50 years in prison, if convicted.

Police said Turner entered the home of Ray and Melanie Gephart in the early-morning hours of April 6.

"Mrs. Gephart woke her husband when she heard noises downstairs in their home," read part of a release from the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office. "Mr. Gephart ran downstairs and confronted the intruder, while Mrs. Gephart grabbed a gun and called police."

Police said Ray Gephart was able to hold Turner down until police arrived.

Turner was first charged with unlawful residential entry, a Class D felony that carries up to a three-year prison term.

Prosecutor Brad Cooper said that after he reviewed the case, he upgraded the charge.

Turner was arrested over the weekend.
 

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