Defendant faces arson, auto theft charges

A former local man in prison for a residential entry conviction is now expected to plead guilty to charges in Jackson County for alleged offenses that preceded the charge he’s serving time for.

Shane S. Mosier, 29, was transferred Wednesday from the Putnamville Correctional Facility to the Jackson County Jail for a pretrial conference on felony charges of arson, auto theft and firearm theft, after which a change-of-plea hearing was set for March 1. Mosier was sentenced in September to 2½ years in prison after he pleaded guilty to Level 6 felony residential entry for his intrusion into the home of a Columbus police officer in September 2020, according to a probable cause affidavit.

When sheriff’s officers responded, the officer said he had found an intruder standing in his kitchen wearing a mask with a gun protruding from the pocket of his sweat pants, according to a deputy’s narrative. The officer said he didn’t recognize Mosier until he removed his mask, and that he spoke with him until deputies arrived. The officer also said he took the weapon off Mosier before deputies arrived and told Mosier to go outside so they could talk.

According to deputies who responded, Mosier gave them various names and identities — including the name of the person whose truck he is accused of stealing in Seymour, which was found outside the residence where he was arrested. When deputies asked Mosier what he was doing in the officer’s home, he said “that he was going to his friend’s house in the area and must have pulled into the wrong house,” according to a deputy’s narrative.

In addition to the residential entry count to which he pleaded guilty, Mosier preliminarily was charged in Bartholomew Circuit Court with a Level 5 felony count of felon carrying a handgun with a prior felony conviction and a misdemeanor count of making a false identity statement. Those other charges were dismissed in a plea agreement, according to online court records.

Now, Mosier is scheduled plead guilty to criminal charges in Jackson Circuit Court that authorities allege preceded his residential entry arrest. He is charged with Level 4 felony arson, auto theft and theft of a firearm. The latter two charges accuse Mosier of stealing the vehicle from the 100 block of Tipton Street in Seymour, which had a handgun, a shotgun and bow and arrows inside, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The arson charge stems from the accusation, also on Sept. 12, 2020, that Mosier set fire to blankets and furniture in his uncle’s house where he had been staying in Seymour. When police responded to the report of arson, Mosier had left. A short time later, the vehicle theft was reported, and a witness’s description of the suspect matched Mosier.

After Mosier was arrested in Bartholomew County, deputies notified Seymour police, who came to the scene and interviewed him. The stolen vehicle was returned to its owner at the scene, according to a Seymour police narrative.

Mosier also has prior convictions for possession of methamphetamine and receiving stolen property.