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Saturday, September 09, 2017 1:00 am

Courts

Plea deal in slaying of toddler

Associated Press

A Warsaw man who authorities say fatally beat his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter and then buried her body in a shallow grave has reached a plea agreement in the case.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday in Kosciusko Circuit Court for Christopher Grimmett to change his plea to guilty but mentally ill in the death of Adalin Stamper.

Authorities said the Warsaw man beat Adalin and buried her body in November behind his brother's home. An autopsy determined the child died from multiple blunt force injuries.

Grimmett's attorney said an agreement calls for a 50-year sentence. A motion to seek an insanity defense was filed earlier this year in the murder case.

Nearly 2 years in mail fraud case

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced this week in federal court to 22 months in prison for using the Postal Service to defraud his employer.

From January 2014 through May 2016, Dean Zimmerman, 48, conspired with his wife Linda Zimmerman to devise a scheme to obtain money through fraud by stealing property from his employer. He then sold the stolen property on eBay and used the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the stolen merchandise to unwitting buyers, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Zimmerman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and U.S. District Court Judge Theresa Springmann sentenced Zimmerman to 22 months followed by one year of supervised release.  Linda Zimmerman has pleaded guilty to the same charge and is awaiting sentencing.

The judge ordered Dean Zimmerman to pay restitution to United Technologies Electronic Controls Inc. and PayPal Inc. the total sum of $346,753.33.

According to the U.S. Attorneys Office, a $1 million judgment was also entered, and 103 items, which included sums of U.S. currency and various computers, jewelry, coins, firearms and vehicles were ordered forfeited as proceeds of Zimmerman's criminal conduct.

This case was the result of an investigation by the FBI with the assistance of the Indiana State Police and the Huntington Police Department.

The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.