INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Noah Riggs reached a plea deal with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday.
One of the victims of Riggs’ crimes had 20 guns, jewelry and guitars stolen from her house. This victim told the court that the plea deal let Riggs get away with it too easily.
“I think the way the justice system can be set up now is flawed,” said Michael Williams, one of Riggs’ victims.
Riggs’ plea deal will put him in jail for a decade. He wasn’t in the mood to answer my questions as he returned to the Marion County Jail.
Williams had to appear in court to hear the plea deal. He says he lost nearly $ 40,000 in weapons, jewelry, and guitars from his house, and he hoped the judge would throw the book at Riggs.
“They took 20 guns out of my safe. I had three ARs, two of my grandfather’s guns and handguns. I had some 22. I had a suppressor, which is a class 3 weapon; it must be registered. I had to take my fingerprints with the federal government, ”Williams said.
Two of his weapons were recovered; however, one of them equipped with a suppressor, or what some would call a silencer, is still in the air. Stealing a gun with a suppressor could result in federal charges.
“They still don’t deal with the suppressor, a Class 3 violation that carries a hefty penalty, but no one wants to talk about it. Nobody wants to mention it, ”Williams said.
Williams says he’s worried the guns may end up in the wrong hands.
A spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told News 8 that federal charges would likely be laid against the person caught with suppressor Williams.
Riggs has been in and out of the court system for years. He was wearing a court-ordered GPS tracking device when he and at least two other people robbed and ransacked Williams’ home in November. The court hearing on Thursday found that police linked Riggs to several other burglaries in the same area using data from his GPS monitoring system. Additionally, Riggs’ DNA matched DNA taken from a COVID-19 mask left with Williams.
“He told me it was this open door rush,” said Riggs’ ex-girlfriend Crystal Hilderbrand, who told News 8 that Riggs came and went from her house and no one from the court program for GPS monitoring systems had never verified it.
“And that’s another thing I don’t understand. Why haven’t they checked him out, found him? How did they not know when he was gone? It doesn’t make sense to me, ”said Hilderbrand.
RIggs is set to be sentenced in July; the judge could send him to prison for 10 years.