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No sentence for Lambert yet

Monday, January 28, 2008

Jonathan Lambert
Facing charges stemming from 16-hour standoff at his home with law enforcement after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend in September 2006, Jonathan T. Lambert pled guilty in Clay Circuit Court Monday, but was not sentenced.

Judge Joseph Trout decided to take the new plea agreement presented by Special Prosecutor Nina Alexander and Defense Attorney Joseph Etling under advisement and scheduled Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. as the date and time he would announce his decision to accept or reject the plea agreement and its sentencing recommendations.

Lambert voluntarily entered a guilty plea to a class D felony Intimidation charge and a class A misdemeanor domestic battery charge and dismiss three other counts in the case stemming from the Sept. 22, 2006, dispute with his girlfriend at his home. However, because of Indiana's Alternative Sentencing Statute (IC: 35-50-2-7), Lambert will be charged as if both were class A misdemeanors, punishable with concurrent one year sentences of formal in-home probation with good time credit allowable if applicable.

When asked to confirm the facts of his guilt in court, Lambert admitted that he made threats to kill his girlfriend if she didn't perform an undisclosed sex act and did, at some point, cause her injury.

In the second case stemming from incidents that occurred when officers attempted to arrest Lambert at his home on Sept. 23, he voluntarily pled guilty to two class D felony charges, criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement with the state dropping the other two counts.

Receiving two concurrent 18-month sentences for each count, as part of the plea, the court would acknowledge Lambert's serving jail time from Sept. 23-Dec. 22, 2006 and allow credit for the time served and agree to electronic monitoring during in-home detention instead of incarceration.

As part of the plea agreement Lambert also agreed to pay court fines, $500 in restitution to Hayes and law enforcement costs during the standoff, including replacement of robotic units $533, overtime wages of $2,940.72, armored vehicle fuel costs $66 and a little more than $1,200 in various costs to the Clay County Sheriff's Dept.

When asked to confirm the facts of his guilt in the second case, Lambert admitted he resisted and obstructed justice when law enforcement officers attempted to serve him with an arrest warrant and recklessly discharged two firearms at his home during the standoff.

Lambert requested the court to allow him to continue working and living in North Carolina, which Trout allowed but said Lambert's original bond would stay in place.

However, Trout, who felt a previous plea agreement on Nov. 27, 2007, was too lenient, took the new plea agreement under advisement with a warning to both attorneys a pre-screening report with the corrections department must be completed on or before Feb. 18, or he would deny the motion.

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-- Posted by BOCAT on Mon, Jan 28, 2008, at 7:40 PM

This was or is a police officer why so soft??

He set a bad example for our youth and made the clay county law look bad.

We have a teen who threatened the school who may be sent to PRISON AS A GROWN MAN Lambert assulted a person, fired shots and kept our police tied up a long time ,plus made the news.


-- Posted by WWJDPeople on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 5:38 AM

Well I was starting to have faith in Judge Trout when he denied the first plea, but that just went down the drain. Lambert won't get as much time as someone he might have arrested for drunk driving. Give me a break, at the very least he should have weekends, work release or house arrest. But in reality he should do some real time.


-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 6:42 AM

Are you kidding me? Our law enforcement and judges wonder why Clay County is considered a joke, well, here it is! Throw the book at him! Maybe if examples were made of all CRIMINALS, and yes, he is a CRIMINAl, then we MIGHT see a decrease in our crime rates. If this was any one else other than a former police officer a plea agreement such as this would not make it to the judge. Judge Trout, do the right thing and throw this agreement out. Send this man to prison for at least the minimum amount of time, hold him accountable.

And I agree with WWJDPeople, we are going to hold a minor accountable as if he were an adult and yet, Lambert, who is an adult wants a slap on the wrist.

What message is this sending out to our community......It's the Good 'Ole boy system in Clay County, it's all in who you know.

-- Posted by opinion on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 9:21 AM


-- Posted by brzmm on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 9:45 AM

WOW! Makes you wonder what constitutes going to jail. If he gets house detention and is sent to another state and alloweed to work... that just let's others know how disfunctional we are. And when it talked about fines he has to pay... how about to the schools for the bus routes that had to be rescheduled? Many, many people were effected by his actions.

I hope this plea is not accepted. It is just too little for such a large crime.

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 10:29 AM

And can someone please tell me why this is not a jury trial??

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 10:58 AM

To Judge Trout...would you consider this plea agreement if the girl he held hostage was your daughter and/or one of the officers he put in danger was your son?

-- Posted by llewjack2 on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 4:38 PM

Does anyone care what John Lambert did for this community, putting his life on the line everyday. I think it is very disrespectful that you are willing to judge him so wrongly. Just because Lambert was a cop dosnt mean he shouldnt be sentenced more harshly. People, he made a mistake. I beleive that he did make a mistake when they came to arrest him which he admits to. Its up to the Judge, Prosecutor, and Defense to decide what his punishment should be, which isnt too lenient. I dont think we know this man to be saying he is guilty of this and that. He made a bad desision that day, thats it.

-- Posted by stewa04a on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 10:18 PM


his out on bail for felony charges, i understand he was aloud to leave brazil let alone the state. i feel they let him leave state. tells me he is gonna get a slap on the hand. instead on some time behind bars where he belongs. The other women in the other state needs to be warned about this guy. i also hear it wasnt his first time in trouble with his control problem. HOPE THE JUDGE TURNS DOWN THE OFFER AND HE GETS WHAT ANY OTHER PERSON WOULD GET......

-- Posted by pepsilady on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 2:54 AM

Stewa... I do remember what he did for the county when he was not on the clock and that is why he needs a tougher sentence. Being a county officer does not give him immunity for this crime. Teachers are held accountable... officers should get the same thing

-- Posted by madmom61 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 7:30 AM

I guess the ONLY good thing about this plea is that he will be charged with a felony and therefore can never hold a position in Law Enforcement again.

To Stewa: Yes I do know what he did before that day, and unfortunately that makes his crime all the more heinous. As a police officer he is supposed to be held to a higher standard. He chose to put himself in that position when he applied for that job. It's a shame that he made the choices he did that day, even if they were drug or alcohol induced. But I just imagine that all the people that are doing time in jail or prison (some that he arrested) are there for bad choices they made on any particular day. He deserves more time than the average man that got arrested for just drunk driving. Which by the way is also a bad choice, but a jailable offense.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 10:30 AM

One more thing to add, please .. with the domestic violence (battery, etc) comes the fact that he can no longer purchase a weapon. Of course, being a former law enforcement representative .. I'm sure he knows how to get around the system.

I'm glad North Carolina has him now, but I certainly feel sorry for the women in his sight.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 11:01 AM

Several years ago, a state trooper from the dugger area shot and killed his wife,the girl Lambert held hostage was very lucky. Why would the courts let him off only to take his actions further next time? In illinois Drew Peterson is under the same scrutiny,it seems like law inforcement is getting to be a way to "get away with murder". Momma always says,

"stupid is, as stupid does",followed up with larry the cable guy's,"You can't fix stupid".

-- Posted by fitch30437 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 7:33 PM

One thing i knew John befor and after he did do jail time for these crimes. he never held hostage for one and i do think he should do jail time and pay for what he did not what you think he did i dont mean to disrespect any one.

-- Posted by wakeuppeople on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 3:47 AM

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