New court docs: Teising makes case to hold off jail time, hints at appeal arguments
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TEISING MAKES CASE TO HOLD OFF ON JAIL, HINTS AT APPEALS ARGUMENTS
New court documents filed this week, aimed at keeping Jennifer Teising out of jail for now, also hint at how the former Wabash Township trustee plans to appeal the felony theft conviction that forced her out of office.
Teising was convicted on 21 felony counts of theft after a three-day bench trial in December. She’d been charged with collecting her trustee salary for nearly 10 months in 2020 and 2021 after selling her West Lafayette home and residing most of that time outside the township.
Last week, Tippecanoe Superior Court 5 Judge Kristen McVey gave Teising a three-year sentence, which included 248 days, combined, in Tippecanoe County Jail and Tippecanoe County Community Corrections, plus more than $27,000 in restitution. The judge gave her until March 17 to report to jail, giving her attorney time to file an appeal. Later that week, McVey denied a request for bond, so Teising could delay going to jail until her appeal was settled.
This week, Teising’s attorney, Karen Celestino-Horseman, filed a similar request with the Indiana Court of Appeals. She followed that with a motion asking to stay the start of the sentence until three days after the Court of Appeals rules, should it deny bail.
In case you need to catch up, here’s all about the sentencing, along with probably more than you want to know about how the case got this far and more on the township feud that had Teising standing against just about everyone …
The request for bail, filed Friday, walks through the reasons Teising believes her “convictions will likely be reversed.”
Here are a few of those, taken from her request to the appeals court for bail.