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LOGANSPORT MAN SENTENCED TO THIRTEEN YEARS FOR FAILURE TO REPORT HUMAN REMAINS, FRAUD, AND BURGLARY

01/07/2022

Jason Beebout
LOGANSPORT – Noah Schafer, the Cass County Prosecuting Attorney, announced that Jason Beebout, 44, of Logansport was sentenced to thirteen years in the Indiana Department of Correction for Failure to Report Human Remains, Fraud, and Welfare Fraud, as well as Burglary on an unrelated matter.  Two of those years are suspended to probation.  The sentencing was in Cass Circuit Court with Judge Stephen Roger Kitts, II presiding.  Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tom Lupke handled the case.

The burglary charges stemmed from a September of 2020 investigation by the Logansport Police Department in the 2000 block of Jefferson Street in Logansport.  During the investigation, it was determined that an unidentified male had forcibly entered the residence through a window.  The victim reported having been awakened by the unidentified male wrapping one arm around her head/neck area and covering her mouth with the other hand.  The homeowner was eventually able to strike the unidentified male and flee the residence.  DNA analysis later showed that the unidentified male was Jason Beebout, the homeowner’s son.

The Failure to Report Human Remains and Fraud charges stemmed from a January of 2021 investigation by the Logansport Police Department in the 900 block of 22nd Street in Logansport.  During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Beebout had informed someone that Cynthia Newman, who was found deceased at the residence, had been deceased there since October of 2020.  The investigation determined that Jason Beebout had participated in fraudulently obtaining the social security and retirement benefits of Newman, as well as making unauthorized use of her bank account.

During sentencing, the State asked the Court for the sentence based in part on the defendant’s criminal history, which included prior felony convictions for Nonsupport of a Dependent Child in 2009, a previous Burglary in 2007, and various misdemeanors.  The State also asked the Court to impose the sentence requested because of the age of the victim, who had turned sixty-five in 2020, as well as the fact that the defendant was in a position of having care, custody, or control of the victim of the offense.

Prosecutor Noah Schafer commented after the sentencing: “All crime injures our community, but crimes against the vulnerable, particularly the elderly, are especially heinous.  We’re grateful for the hard work of LPD and particularly of Det. Jason Rozzi for achieving a measure of justice for the victim and her family in this case.”