A Centerville man was found guilty of burgling an Appanoose County home with an axe. A judge sentenced him to prison.

Jacob Anthony Susin, 41, of Centerville, was found guilty of going armed with intent, a class D felony, by Judge Daniel Wilson in April. Susin waived his right to a jury trial and instead opted for a judge to make a decision on the case based on “minutes of testimony,” a document of witnesses to be called and what they are expected to say.

Susin was sentenced last Monday, July 22, to five years in prison with a $750 fine.

Susin had also been charged with first-degree burglary and assault while participating in a felony. The court did not render a verdict on those charges and they were dismissed as part of the sentencing proceedings.

The charges stemmed from a May 30, 2018 incident in rural Centerville. Police then said that Susin threatened to kill a male victim and chased him through the residence. Susin arrived at the residence with a full-size axe, according to court documents.

Police said Susin took a generator that belonged to him and left the residence.

Trial set in child endangerment case

A trial has been set for November in the case against a Centerville mother accused of child endangerment causing death.

Brittney Kay Keller, 30, of Centerville, was charged in May with child endangerment causing a death, a Class B felony. The trial has been set for Nov. 19 in Appanoose County.

Police charged Keller following the death of her 10-month-old son at their home in Centerville on May 21. Police said that Keller had left the child in the bathtub with a sibling. Keller told police, according to court filings, that she left the children in the tub with the water running but the drain plug out to grab towels, pajamas and diapers.

According to police, Keller said when she returned she found her son with his face underwater. She told police she was gone for less than five minutes. The child was unable to be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the Centerville hospital.

Police found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the home, according to court documents.

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