A suspect arrested on drug charges after a concerned parent provided authorities with text messages on Jan. 9, had his day in court.
Appearing in Clay Circuit Court Feb. 4, Christopher Ruff, 35, Brazil, pled guilty to charges filed in three separate unrelated cases for a total of five years of incarceration.
Judge Joseph Trout accepted a guilty plea in a case involving a probation violation in a possession of marijuana case originally filed in September 2007.
Trout ordered Ruff to serve the remaining 355 days of the 18 months he was initially sentenced to in November 2007 and he could receive good time credit if earned. However, no credit was given to Ruff for pre-hearing incarceration
His second case stemmed from a class A misdemeanor domestic battery charge in February 2008. Trout sentenced Ruff to one year, allowing good time credit if earned.
In the newest case, Ruff pled guilty to a class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, while the state agreed to dismiss the other two charges in the case.
Trout sentenced Ruff to three years imprisonment for the charges at the Indiana Department of Correction, allowing for good time credit if earned and credit for 27 days of time served.
The court recommended that Ruff be allowed to enter the IDOC C.L.I.F.F. program.
Trout told The Brazil Times all three sentences (a total of five years) were ordered to run consecutively.
"The IDOC C.L.I.F.F. program, which stands for 'Clean Lifestyle is Freedom Forever,' is a great opportunity for people who need help in changing their lives," Trout said. "I hope Ruff takes full advantage of it."
In the article, "Tip from a concerned parent leads officials to drug arrests," printed Jan. 10, 2009, it was reported that officials searched a residence for Christopher Ruff's cell phone and any illegal drugs or narcotics following a tip from concerned parents after they discovered text messages describing illegal drug activity. Officials were not at the residence searching for Ruff's cell phone, but were there searching for an unspecified cell phone.