Once again a decision on the sentence in the case against Jonathan T. Lambert has been put on hold.
Facing charges stemming from 16-hour standoff at his home with law enforcement after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend in September 2006, Lambert was scheduled to appear in Clay Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m., Friday.
According to court officials, the inclement weather made traveling to Brazil for out-of-town lawyers Special Prosecutor Nina Alexander, Defense Attorney Joseph Etling and Lambert extremely difficult, which is why the court appearance was canceled.
Judge Joseph Trout was to announce his decision to accept or reject a plea agreement and its sentencing recommendations presented by Alexander and Etling on Jan. 28.
As part of the agreement in the first case, 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 dispute with his girlfriend at his home on Sept. 22, 2006.
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.
In the second case stemming from incidents that occurred when officers attempted to arrest Lambert at his home the next day, he voluntarily pled guilty to two class D felony charges, criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement.
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.
Court officials told The Brazil Times Lambert's appearance would be rescheduled as soon as possible according to the upcoming Circuit Court calendar.