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BREAKING NEWS: Brazil teen pleads guilty to felony charges

Thursday, May 15, 2008

GREENCASTLE -- A Brazil teenager will be sentenced June 12 for his role in a Nov. 17 crash that killed a 17-year-old girl.

Cody Wright, 19, pled guilty Thursday to Class B felony resisting law enforcement.

Under the terms of a plea agreement taken under advisement by Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matt Headley, a charge of Class C felony criminal recklessness would be dropped in exchange for Wright's guilty plea to the resisting charge.

"Sentencing shall be open to argument by the parties, except that the state agrees that any initial executed sentence shall not exceed eight years," the agreement said. "Terms of probation shall be at the court's discretion, but shall include full payment of restitution to the victim's family."

Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter submitted his recommendation that the court accept the plea agreement.

"A trial would be a waste of the taxpayers' money and the court's time," the recommendation said.

A Class B felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Should Wright's plea agreement be accepted, he could be out of prison in four years with Indiana good time credit (a reduction of one day for each day served in prison without incident).

Wright's charges stem from an accident at the Clay-Putnam county line in which Brandee N. Siples died.

Wright was involved in a high-speed chase with Indiana State Police, and crashed his 1992 Chevrolet Camaro. Court records said Wright was clocked at 117 mph in a 45 mph zone on Hwy. 40 when officers initially attempted to stop him, and that he was doing 129 mph by the time he reached the Clay-Putnam County line.

Wright turned on to CR 900 W in Putnam County, where he maintained speeds of 85-90 mph, court records said. He lost control of his vehicle when he crested a hill. The Camaro went off the east side of the road, up an embankment and became airborne for about 45 feet, striking several trees in the process and landing on its wheels in a 20-foot deep ravine.

A warrant for Wright's arrest was issued on Nov. 26. That same day, the warrant was recalled and Wright was ordered to appear in court Dec. 3 for an initial hearing.

At that court date, Wright was ordered to report to the Putnam County Jail and his bond was set at $10,000 with 10 percent allowed. He posted bond shortly after being booked into jail and was released.

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This whole situation sickens me! Where is the justice in only being charged with fleeing the police? What about the fact that he killed Brandee Siples? Where is her justice and the justice for all those who loved and cared for her? I knew brandee, not as well as most people who cared for her but i thought alot of her! She was so sweet, always happy and smiling.It really breaks my heart that she died by the hand of some she loved. I hope her cries and screams haunt him for the rest of his days.

-- Posted by livs_mommy on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 11:27 PM

Why dont we all just let the legal system take care of this situation instead of everyone being so judgemental. This town is so full of gossip and what someone else is doing or has done why dont we all just worry about our own lives, instead of looking at everyone elses.

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 12:41 PM

"Terms of probation shall be at the court's discretion, but shall include full payment of restitution to the victim's family."

And how much will that be? What was Brandee's life worth?

This whole thing makes me mad!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 12:49 PM

I don't really consider his plea agreement 'justice.' Cody got away with a class B felony, but is only required to serve the sentence of a Class C felony. He got off way too easy and nobody should be complaing about the time he has to serve..which is a pathetic maximum 4 years prison, 4 years probation.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 2:50 PM

Would jjen1212 be this forgiving if it had been his/her child that was killed by this boy??

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 7:49 PM

Would we all be so judgemental of this boy if it were our child who was driving?

May God be with her family and with his.

-- Posted by fitch30437 on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 9:01 PM

well i hear he didn't learn much from brandee, cause he still out there driving fast and reckless. that came from teens that know him

-- Posted by pepsilady on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 11:27 PM

Well in reply to the comment made by th1953...Losing a child or anyone of that matter is not anything any of us want to experience and if it were my child that was killed then yeah it would be tough to forgive, I never said he shouldnt take responsibility for his mistake but god wants us all to forgive one another even if its something tragic. I just think it is wrong for people to be so judgemental, do you know this young man? Do you know what he feels like every day that he has to go through knowing what he did? He is will to admit he was wrong, and im sure everyday he regrets what happend and he will pay the price for what he did and is willing to do so. All around the whole sitiuation is sad, two families, in grief over this and there other family members as well. Live...Love...Learn...and Forgive...some just have to learn the hard way but forgiveness should still be in your heart.

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 12:50 AM

Oh and in reply to pepsiladys comment the key word is "youve heard" if you havent seen it for yourself then you shouldnt go by what others say unless you hear or see for yourself. It came from kids that know him, and im sure they were once maybe his friends but now of course they are angry at him for what has happend but you should only go on facts that you yourself know. Things get added to and gossip is big in the teen world, and sometimes more is added then what really is the truth. Most of them are going to say negative things about him because of the loss they feel and so judging on hear saying isnt always a good idea.

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 12:59 AM

fitch30437-good question, would we if it was one of our own that was driving? Everyone should think of that as well. In a way its like two families that have lost there kids, just in different ways.

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 1:03 AM

Knowing the family as well as I do, and loving Brandee like she was one of my own, I am very heartsick over this plea agreement. I have felt all along that Cody knew exactly what he was doing when he made the decision to "flee" the police and disregard Brandee's life (and his own) instead of being a man and facing his consequences. This plea agreement, reducing the charges to a Class B Felony of resisting law inforcement, does not hold him accountable even now for Brandee's loss of her life. I was irate when I learned months ago that his license was never revoked while waiting for his judgement also. For whatever reason he chose to make the horrible decision he did that day, he should never have been given the privilege to be behind the wheel again. Brandee's family has now had to face the horrible reality of that day. I only hope that Cody will one day be able to face it himself and be truly sorry and accountable for what he "chose" to do.

-- Posted by justiceforall123 on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 8:18 AM

response to jjen1212 dont think my child would lie to me. they came in after seeing him speeding on 59 and what they said I have no reason not to believe them. didnt think it was any ones bissiness on who tells me things. but if ya must know.

-- Posted by pepsilady on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 7:07 PM

pepsilady-no one asked you who told you....and if you dont want your business....out in the open then maybe you shouldnt post replies..the things you say or post becomes others business and everyone is entitled to their own opinion!

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 9:18 PM

For all you people out there get all the facts before you go blowing off.

As for breaking the law the people of BRAZIL sould look at thamselfs first I have watched these so call rightice folks drive for two blocks down the parking lane the right side of cars to make a right turn on red also they make right turns where there are signs posted that say NO TURN ON RED. Is it do as I say not do as I do.

-- Posted by OLDTIMER42 on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 11:53 AM


Last time I checked it is illegal to go 117 mph and fly by a police officer. That is a fact because it is in the police report. He was going 84 mph when he lost control. THOSE ARE THE FACTS. As for turning on red when the signs are clearly posted I am not sure that anyone has been killed from turning on red. I am sure that you will correct me if I am wrong. He put too many people in danger for driving that fast. I will tell you that if I would have been in the way when he was driving so fast and got into a wreck with me and hurt someone in my family he would not get off this easy. People who get caught on drug charges get more than what this boy got. People wonder what is wrong with our kids today well that is because slaps on wrists don't hurt.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 3:33 PM

JJen1212-I have personally seen Cody still driving like an idot out there in fact he almost hit me. So you need to get your facts also before you said it wasnt true..

OldTimer42- Turning on red is ALOT different that running from the cops at excess speeds and taking the life of someone you supposedly love and getting away with it. He did'nt even look sad at her funeral...

I personally think he should have been charged with vehicular homicide. And to have his license revoked for life.

-- Posted by piper08 on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 3:41 PM

You are all missing the point I didnot say anything about his being guilty or not the point is breaking the law is BREAKING THE LAW if it is turning on a red light if it is poisted not to, passing on a dubble yellow line, speeding, j-walking, driveing in parking lanes, going the wrong way on a one way street. BREAKING THE LAW IS BREAKING THE LAW AND YOU SHOULD BE PUNISHED.

-- Posted by OLDTIMER42 on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 6:39 PM

I'm just glad butchering the English language isn't against the law. If it was, from the looks of what I've read in these posts, our jails would be filled with violators!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 8:02 PM

piper08-I never said it wasnt true i said alot of people talk and there is alot of gossip and hear say, so before you you type you need to read and comprehend my words before you put words in my mouth.

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 9:05 PM

I don't know which is sadder. These posts or what happened to BOTH of these kids.

First - "Bigpappy" .. AMEN!!! It's embarrasing to read some of these responses, honestly. Which takes me to my Second point - "unoit", I believe the word "rightice" is supposed to be "righteous".

Lastly, if you weren't the parent of either child, then you can't POSSIBLY know what either of them are going through (I don't care HOW close you are to them) or what is "fair" in the eyes of the law. Let's not forget that Brandee's parents prayed for leniency against this boy (Cody). Brandee's parents can forgive him but you all won't? Wow. Big of you.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, May 20, 2008, at 11:01 AM

Oh and "pepsilady"? I don't know what made anyone think kids lie. Well, yours don't. lol

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, May 20, 2008, at 11:02 AM


Forgiveness does not mean accountability goes away. Laws were broken, life was lost. The burden of his sentencing is not on the victim families shoulders. The courts will decide. I don't think most people are looking at this as revenge. Most are saddened by all of this. Forgiveness can happen and accountability also has to happen. And it is sad. You are correct we can't know how this feels to all the people involved in this case. But we can't ignore our laws. If someone breaks the law the consequences follow.

-- Posted by localgal on Tue, May 20, 2008, at 2:10 PM

Come on emmes why would they lie to me about something like that cause they were friends with all involved in the weekend accidents.

So why would they lie about something like that.

-- Posted by pepsilady on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:02 AM

Despite all that has happened, Cody STILL drives like an idiot all around town. I have witnessed this many times where I work. This is exactly why I don't feel a bit sorry for him, because he obviously doesn't feel a bit sorry about what he has done. Unless he gets a real punishment this is going to happen again...

-- Posted by Pro Se on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:51 AM

I will be respectful and ask 1) why would this young man still be allowed to drive by our courts or by adults who should hold him accountable and 2) I think most people would agree that accountability and personal responsibility should come first and forgiveness and rehabilitation after that.

-- Posted by rdevil8 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:16 AM

to all the "rumors" about Cody's driving.

I have 2 teenagers that hangs out with friends of Cody's and have been present when police have been called and "he" being Cody has left before they arrive for doing burnouts and driving erratic thru local parking lots. Both of my kids have went and placed flowers on Brandi's grave site because we have family buried not far from her. both of my teens drive. And the wreck has impacted both of them.It sickens me that this young man can get away with this. there are people who get more jail time for killing a dog then what he did. I understand that her family asked for them to go easy on him, but theres going easy and just plain not caring. he took a life, not only put in harms way the officers pursuing him and anyone else on that stretch of road that he passed that day which he did. Anyone coming or going on that road that day he put at risk. I understand the plea agreement but it's not a justifiable agreement. I'm sure his family is happy and I'm sure he is. It just amazes me, this killer and he is a killer because he made the conscious choice to flea, is out going to dances hangin with friends, driving and out on bond, while a man who no one knows whether or not killed someone from 20 years ago sits in jail without his freedoms. There is no question here, everyone knows that Cody killed Brandy as if he pulled out a gun and shot her, and yet a man that there is only spectulation on is behind bars....something is way wrong with this picture...This kid should be so distraught with guilt and saddness that he can barely function, instead of enjoying his need for speed, while his girlfriend lies in a grave.

-- Posted by cheeziette on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:31 PM

To cheeziette

I'm with you on this one, it doesn't make sense for Cody to be out on bond "knowing" he killed this girl, while JOHN only being a "SUSPECT" of murder is sitting behind bars!

-- Posted by mywords1 on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 10:18 AM

It sickens me to see him in Public like my sister and I did at Walmart a few weeks ago. He's being smacked on the hand and getting let go of. It ticks me off. I use to go to school with Brandee and just visited her grave recently and while I was out there I asked myself a question." How often does Cody come out to her grave?" Think about it. It just makes me sad, it truly does.

-- Posted by sweetsimplicity on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 6:24 PM

Let me clarify the point I was trying to make in my earlier post (but failed to do so) .. I'm not suggesting that Cody is innocent or shouldn't be held accountable for what he's done. He knowingly and willingly put a passenger in his car (among others) in harms way (which ended in death for this poor child) and should pay restitution for his actions. Absolutely!

Maybe he DID get off easy, but there is NO punishment that will fit this crime. Nothing we can do will bring Brandee back to her grieving parents, loved ones and friends.

The lesson here is for Cody. If he continues to disregard responsibility and human life, believe me .. his actions WILL make a circle. We may not be around to see it .. but it'll happen, I assure you. It's the natural order of things.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 12:33 PM

unoit ... no worries. ; ) Glad to help.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 12:34 PM

OK! wow dose this town have anything better to do then worry about everyone else? i think everyone should woryy about you and your kids you never know this could happen to your kids one day, even though you say oh no my kids would never drive fast or kill anyone.. how do you know do you ride with them or have a tracking device in there car? well you can judge other people and what they do but maybe your kids are out doing the same. no one is perfect and yes we did losse a very pretty and inocent girl.. but why judge people when it could be you or your kids. you have no clue what these two familys are going through so why say anything at all.. and for the person who asked well i wounder if cody ever gose out to visit her grave well for your information i drive past that grave yard every day and he is always out there so untill you know the facts why dont you all stay out of it and let the courts and god handle it....

-- Posted by stay_out on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 8:04 AM

To: stay-out

I for one am Cody's cousin, so yes some people on here DO ACTUALLY KNOW HIM! I have kids of my own~ all young. Your comment about the town worrying about everyone else, and they need to worry about theirself and their own kids- I AM WORRIED ABOUT ME AND MY KIDS! THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ME DRIVING DOWN THAT VERY SAME ROAD HE WAS SPEEDING ON AND HE COULD HAVE KILLED ME OR MY KIDS!!!!!! LUCKY FOR HIM THAT HE DIDN'T HIT ANYONE ELSE! He needs to be punished! 4 years is a smack on the hand!

-- Posted by mywords1 on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 9:20 AM

In regard to stay out does cody take his new girlfrind to visit brandee grave I live out that way and i've never seen him at the grave. his parents are to blame for him still driving and for furnishing him a car and still speeding.He is not one bit sorry for his action he is still doing it it was very much noticed at the funeral. He was an actor putting on a show for everyone around him One day he will stand before god and Brandeefor the choices he has made.

-- Posted by aqtuo on Sun, May 25, 2008, at 11:37 AM

Personally, I feel the plea agreement does not fit the crime. I know the family asked for leniency for Cody right after the tragedy of losing their beautiful daughter, but they were in such deep shock that they could not comprehend the truth that was staring them in the face all along. They were willing to give Cody the benefit of the doubt because they were sure that's what Brandee would have wanted them to do. I know that after having six months to process all of the facts as a result of Cody's poor decision and disreguard for Brandee's life that day, their view has heartbreakingly and realistically changed. Facing this has not been easy for them, I am sure, and in fact, many times it's had to have felt like losing Brandee all over again. The guilty plea may give them some closure, but in my opinion, Cody needs to be a man and face Brandee's family with the whole truth in order for any of them to have a chance to forgive and go on.

-- Posted by justiceforall123 on Sun, May 25, 2008, at 11:50 PM

stay_out>>> I have to agree with what you said that it could be any of our kids that had done the same. We try to teach our children well and to do right but yet they are young and most often make their own decisions. We cannot keep tabs on them and what they are doing every second, we can only hope they will do things the right way. This could of been anyones child who made this mistake and taken someones life. Everyone can say my child obeys the speed limit and the law, but its probably not the truth being young and making mistakes happen to all young adults. Especially in the teenage years. None of us are perfect and neither are our children.

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Wed, May 28, 2008, at 1:15 AM



-- Posted by mywords1 on Wed, May 28, 2008, at 6:31 AM

"I'm just glad butchering the English language isn't against the law. If it was, from the looks of what I've read in these posts, our jails would be filled with violators!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 8:02 PM"

Amazing, isn't it?

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 9:58 PM

Bigpappy-I bet your just so perfect and the best writer and speller in the world. Get a grip...no one is perfect..and neither are you!

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Wed, Jun 4, 2008, at 10:21 PM


I couldn't agree with you more about the statement you just made. I think he should be charged with more and get more time in jail than what he is getting. He could've hurt more than just Brandee, but the other cars on the road to. But his mistake has caused Brandee's life and why the parents still like him I don't know. If my boyfriend ever did that and caused my life, I know that my parents would never forgive him and they would want him to rot in jail.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 11:47 AM

jjen1212.....Ouch! Did I hit a nerve, or what???? I never claimed to be perfect, but I did intend to draw attention to all the horrendous errors contained in posts.

Your quote: "pepsilady-no one asked you who told you....and if you dont want your business....out in the open then maybe you shouldnt post replies..the things you say or post becomes others business and everyone is entitled to their own opinion!"

So, with that being said.......the things you say or post become others' business, and everyone is entitled to his own opinion!

Hint: "your" means belonging to you, and "you're" means you are.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 4:10 PM

I think people should catch up to speed. Brandees family has dealt with the shock and now see's reality, They want Cody to pay for what he done to their daughter, I felt that after the shock they would see thing in a differnt way.

-- Posted by pepsilady on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 11:05 PM

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