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Lambert hearing delayed again

Friday, February 22, 2008

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.

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Law Enforcement in this area seem to think that they are above the law. Lambert needs to suffer AT LEAST the same consequences or more consequences than the average. Unfortunately, the propensaty is for them to be held LESS accountable. Please Judge Trout, he purposefully endangered the lives of the private citizens that he was sworn to protect. I only ask you be fair in sentencing him, and then evaluate that sentence against what an "Average Joe" would get for the same thing. But most of all, protect the public. Thank you,

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 3:30 PM

I disagree with your first sentence. I believe it is unfair to generalize law enforcement in this area based on the actions of one. I say this because by husband is in law enforcement. He goes above and beyond what is expected of him, but also he does his job with professionalism, treats others with respect, and is fair. He works very hard at his job and often works on his days off, spending time away from his family. He would never think he is above the law. Our community has wonderful, dedicated law enforcement officers who work hard to serve their community. Many people don't realize their efforts. I am getting tired of negative comments about these guys because of the actions of one. Our community should be proud, I am. As for his plea agreement, I am sure the Judge will make his decision based on statues and sentencing guidelines.

-- Posted by coltsfan2008 on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 9:26 PM

i agree coltsfan we do have some really good law enforcment officers, but there is 1 that i know of that dont show citizens very good respect. As for Lambert he took an oath "to serve and PROTECT doing what he done was sure not protecting.I feel he put alot of lives in danger that day and need a harder sentence than what they are trying to plea with.

-- Posted by pepsilady on Mon, Feb 25, 2008, at 12:28 AM

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