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Brazil man enters pleas on three separate cases

Friday, February 6, 2009

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Christopher Ruff
Updated: Feb. 11, 2009

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."


Clarification

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.


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Drug charges? There are drugs in Clay County? ;)

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Feb 6, 2009, at 10:18 PM

There are drug charges in every county in every state. Proof the "war on drugs" isn't working and we need a new approach.

-- Posted by exbrazilrez on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 8:22 AM

exbrazilrez...so you don't want the police to keep arresting drug dealers or people who do drug in front of their children...alright...so what might your suggestion be, please enlighten us all on your thoughts and ideas so we can work together to stop this insanity?

-- Posted by RickS on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 8:40 AM

Freedom1, there is no excuse for anyone to use drugs. The police are doing a great job. Have you not seen all the people they have arrested for it in the past year. What else can they do? Beat them to death with a stick NO! They do what they are supposed to, they arrest them and stick them in a jail cell. The judge does suggest 'rehab' for people he/she thinks it will help. But, some people there just isn't help for them, because they don't want help. They want to plead guilty, get less time, and get back on the streets to do what their best at drugs.

-- Posted by olmedic on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 9:52 AM

Great Job Judge Trout! I for one am glad to see some justice for the victims! Make these guys do some time to think about what they have done. Maybe they won't be so quick to get involved in the drug culture when they get out. Let's all work together to clean up this community. If the cops arrest you more than once for drugs or drug related crimes, then you should go to big boy prison not just the county jail so you understand that there are consequences for your actions. I'm glad to see that Judge Trout wants to stop the cycle of creating victims by letting these guys go with a slap on the hand. Do the Crime, Do The Time! WAY TO GO JUDGE TROUT!!!(The Trout-inator)

-- Posted by mo47834 on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 1:46 PM

exbrazilrez, so just how would you handle the problem? You must have the answer.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 2:03 PM

YOU DONT EVEN KNOW

-- Posted by whisperinghope on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 2:48 PM

The Trout-inator, Its workin'!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Centered on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 3:27 PM

I would say the Trout-inator is working. If you have harsh punishments they will eventually be afraid of being arrested.

-- Posted by Cessna152 on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 8:33 AM

I didn't see anywhere, that freedom1 said anything about not arresting drug users. I think he implied that more has to be done than just throwing them in jail. No matter what anyone says, addiction is an illness. I think the CLIFF program is great, but these people should start receiving some type of counceling the day they enter jail while they are awaiting court. And when they are released on house arrest, parole or probation there has to be better re-hab. The drug/alcohol programs in Clay County are a JOKE. They are based more on how much money can be made than how much help can be provided. I think if the drug/alcohol councelor is paid through the courts (by offenders fines) than he should not be paid by them again for counceling while they are on parole/probation. This just sets them up for failure. I know one guy that was ordered, (by the councelor that put on the seminar not the courts)to go to a one day seminar that lasted about 4 hours on a Saturday. The cost was $300.00 a person. There were quite a few people there and someone made a killing. Where is someone that just got out of jail supposed to come up with $300.00? Especially now with the economy the way it is it is going to be next to impossible for someone out of jail to get a job.

I have never had an addiction, but have friends and family members that have. The war on drugs may not be winable, but arrests alone are not even a good start. Some of these people want help but don't know how to obtain it. I, for one, have to believe that there is hope. If not, this "war" will ruin too many lives. Those of addicts, their families and a lot more innocent people. They not only need drug/alcohol counceling, they need life counceling. There are a lot of reasons people get addicted. Not always just because they enjoy a buzz. Life can be hard and they need to learn how to deal with everyday stresses to stop this from recurring.

I wish I did have the answers, but I don't. But if there is anyone out there that does, please speak up. And to the courts, please listen.

-- Posted by opininated on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 9:10 AM

This is a very touchy area for me. I am by no means involved with drugs nor have I ever been, but unfortunately I know several people who have been, some who I am by law related to. It is totally an illness. /the reason people get out and continue to do the same thing over and over is because like any illness it requires lenghty if not life long treatment. We as society have made it abig taboo against people who are on drugs, so much that they are afraid to seek help sometimes. My heart breaks for these peoples family, it is VERY devastating. I agree their are some that meed to be in prison, but I also believe there are some who if they must be incarcerated for years than their time needs to be spent in a treatment program. Really, think about it, we give these people felony charges, throw them in prison, let them out and expect them to be productive, Wake up-who the heck will hire them?Would you? Probably not but, how do we expect them to survive?? They go back to the life they lived previously because it's the only life they know the only way the know to support themselves. Many also suffer from depression and self medicate with drugs because again we as society have made it a big taboo against depression and getting treatment or medication.

And I know some creeps that are violent drug dealers and abusers but I also know some who were not.

I'm sorry but in my eyes I donot consider someone who is into pot (unless it is large sums) or pills as dangerous as coke, heroin, or meth dealers but I know they have to do something because some people like to involve kids. I personally, think if people take responsibility for themselves and consideration for other people, and stayed off the streets, i wouldn't care what they done. I think alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana by far by it's not legal. Most healthcare workers say they'd rather have someone on pot than alcohol. The unfortunate thing is, just like anything else, some idioits take it too far. I know crime goes up with drugs,but youalso have crazy people who hurt others for alcohol too and it's legal. It has to do with accountability and responsibility. ButI know alot of these people are mentally ill and untreated and as society I think we need to help them more and make them accountable. I know it is not possible but I think it would be a neat idea if they had some type of incarceration where the offender could go work, learn job skills, and get counseling and treatment and not have a big felony on them if they complied so that when they were finished they could be productive and have no more excuses. I thank God I never travelled down that road I know lots of families affected even my own and it's very heartbreaking. It affects everyone's family at some point and until you are that family, you have no idea what it does. I agree, some people never learn, I know those type too and I think those are the one's that need to go bye bye, but I believe in giving everyone a second chanc. Some will fail and other's will come out ahead. If you could change one life, it's an improvement. Maybe someone needs to talk to ex-offenders and see what helped them and get them involve in helping other's.

-- Posted by ape1 on Mon, Feb 9, 2009, at 9:36 AM

Hello , i like to make a comment on here , but im not for sure if im doing it right.. well see be back soon i hope

-- Posted by whisperinghope on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 3:17 PM

Ok I would like to try and straighten out a couple things , if i may I am new at all this stuff here ,but I feel I need to try and clear a couple things here up for my son .CHRIS RUFF.. in the paper an error was made .. on the tex phone messages, it was not chrises phone ok it was the other persons phone ..ok thanks and just to say a few comments were made by a certain party here ,,,, My kids were rasied well ..we are a good family ,,and guess some people seem to get messed up with the wrong crowed .. I do think and pray that this will do some good for chris.. and yes chris does have some problems...I love my son and I pray he will stop and realize what hes done ... it will and i will hang in thhere with him thank you all mom

-- Posted by whisperinghope on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 3:31 PM

Ruff family members,

I understand you wanting to support your son and your step-father, but you really need to understand the legal ramifications of guilt by association.

Neither Ruff or Ricky Anello would have been arrested without those texts provided to the cops. But once they were, anyone at that home came immediately under suspicion.

And it really doesn't matter whose phone it was, Ruff and his stepson Anello both had potential access to it because they lived together and in his role as stepfather could have potentially been paying the bill for the phone. (Parents beware, if you pay the bill for a phone for your child, you could be held responsible for their inappropriate or irresponsible use of it!)

We also don't know WHAT the text messages contained. If Ruff's name was mentioned, authorities would naturally believe he might have been the owner of the phone.

Although you admit that your son has some problems, you're doing your christian and motherly duty.

AND NO ONE SHOULD TAKE POT SHOTS AT YOU FOR LOVING AND CARING ABOUT YOUR SON. God bless you all.

-- Posted by Cy on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 4:37 PM

Dear viewers,, hi CY mom again here (chrises mom ) thank you that was a nice comment although I want to say that first Chris is not his step dad.chris isnt married... and nellos phone not in chrises name either have no idea where his phone came from.. but its nothing to do with chris...thank god .. Yes i hate to see my son in jail for a bit , but maybe this will help .. I pray for this and him all the time...I love my son more than life , and it breaks my heart to see him like this. say to my self where did I go wrong .. he was brought well he really was ..just starting hanging out with the wrong crowd i guess...there is hope.. and i think and he thinks this will help him out alot...makes him stop and think now ..so friends thanks for talking with me makes me feel better..but as far as anellos phone NO and step dad NO NO thanks so much for being nice CY...

-- Posted by whisperinghope on Sat, Feb 14, 2009, at 10:53 AM


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