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Former town marshal takes plea

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

The former Van Buren town marshal is expected to plead guilty to charges of burglary and theft after police say he entered a Van Buren man's home in May and stole prescription opioids while in police uniform.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Van Buren Town Council President Tony Manry caught then-officer Donald Bosley on tape on a home surveillance system.

A plea agreement filed in Grant County Circuit Court Monday states that Bosley will plead guilty to burglary, a Level 4 felony, and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.

The agreement also suggests other charges may have been on the table. Under “Dismissals” the document reads, “No further charges will be filed for burglaries and thefts at the address in this case that occurred 12 months prior to the defendant's arrest in this case.”

Special Prosecutor John Meyers said he couldn't comment on the possibility that more charges could have been filed against Bosley.

The plea agreement leaves sentencing up to the judge, in this case Mark Spitzer, but asks that the defendant's sentence include “continued drug rehabilitation and drug screens.”

It's unclear yet whether his sentence will involve time behind bars. Meyers said the agreement leaves Spitzer a lot of leeway for sentencing within the guidelines for a Level 4 felony charge.

Bosley has been on home detention since investigators said he took prescription medication from his mother and also left the state in early October, actions the prosecutor said were in violation of the conditions of his release on bond.

Spitzer ordered in October that Bosley be subject to random drug screenings, continue treatment at Grant-Blackford Mental Health and not consume any drugs or alcohol unless authorized by mental health providers, among other conditions.

A date for the plea hearing has not yet been set.