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UPDATE: Formal charges filed in home invasion case

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

In a press conference at the Clay County Justice Center Wednesday afternoon, officials announced formal charges were filed against the suspects alleged involved in a rural Clay County home invasion/burglary reported on Jan. 14.

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger said the extensive ongoing investigation by members of the Indiana State Police, Clay County Sheriff's Department and the United States Marshal's Office have led to the following formal charges being filed against four individuals.

Appearing before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout, cousins Joshua L. Orman, 23, and James Levi Orman, 19, Brazil residents, were charged separately but with the same six formal allegations, including:

* Class A felony robbery resulting in serious bodily injury,

* Class A felony conspiracy to commit robbery resulting in serious bodily injury,

* Class A felony burglary resulting in bodily injury,

* Class B felony aggravated battery,

* Class D felony theft, and

* Class D felony residential entry.

Trout appointed attorney James Organ as James Orman's public defender, while attorney Geoffrey Creason was appointed Joshua Orman's public defender.

A $50,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed) was established for both, who remain incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center. The court stipulated a condition on the bond that if James or Joshua are able to bond out that they must be placed on home detention or daily reporting to authorities.

Tentative court dates were also set in both cases, with James' jury trial scheduled for June 8 and Joshua's jury trial scheduled for May 4.

The prosecutor's office confirmed to The Brazil Times both Joshua and James were on probation through a conviction/guilty plea in Clay Circuit Court at the time of the incident on Jan. 14, which is why both of their cases were transferred to that "familiar court."

Christopher Charles Craft, 19, Brazil, has been formally charged by the prosecutor's office with the same six formal allegations listed above, although his initial appearance for court proceedings has yet to be scheduled per the Superior court calendar.

The prosecutor's office also confirmed Craft was on probation through a conviction/guilty plea in Clay Superior Court at the time of the incident on Jan. 14.

Craft remains incarcerated a $50,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed).

If convicted of a class A felony, the highest charge filed against the above mentioned suspects at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 20-50 years in prison (with 30 years the recommended sentence) and potential fines up to $10,000.

The fourth suspect, Lindsey J. Beaman, 19, has bonded out of jail to wait for her initial hearing date to be scheduled for formal arraignment on the class A misdemeanor charge of false informing.

Although the investigation continues, officials hoped the arrest and formal charges filed in the case would help ease the minds of Clay County residents.

"When something like this happens, we're going to pursue the highest level of charges we believe we can prove," Reberger said. "These are only allegations at this time, these suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law."

The full story will appear in Thursday's edition of The Brazil Times.

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My condolences to the Orman family, and my Thanks to the Prosecutors office, things are starting to feel safe again in the northern part of the county.

-- Posted by Centered on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 3:59 PM

I would like to let the community know, that because some people have the same name as another, doesn't automatically mean they're related, or even associated. and i think its a shame to look down upon somebody because of a mistaken identity

-- Posted by posted on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 6:52 PM

50 yrs plus sounds great for each of them. These were pretty horrific crimes. I can't imagine someone would pistol whip a woman and then hold a gun on a minor and a baby during his very first crime. I hope there are plenty of investigations into the break ins, muggings etc. that have occurred since Joshua moved back to town.

-- Posted by brazillady on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 11:28 PM

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