On Aug. 5, 2008, Brazil residents Glen L. Keltz, 33, Justin Myrtle, 25, Wesley E. Okulovich Jr., 39, and Misty Michelle Davis, 31, Harmony, were four of ultimately 40 suspects arrested as a result of a warrant sweep/drug investigation by officers from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police Department, Clay City Police Department, Clay Community Corrections, Clay County Probation Department were joined by officials from the Indiana State Police (Terre Haute and Bloomington posts), Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Parke County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Natural Resources, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Marshals Office.
According to court documents, Keltz was charged with six various drug related charges, Myrtle was charged with a total of five drug related charges, Okulovich was charged with two drug related charges and Davis was charged in two separate cases for a total of five drug related charges.
On Jan. 12, Keltz appeared with his attorney Matthew Effner before Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers to change his not guilty plea to guilty as per a negotiated plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.
The plea agreement proposed that Keltz serve an 8-year sentence at the Indiana Department of Correction (with good time credit allowed if earned) and allowed for credit from time served since his incarceration on Aug. 5, 2008.
Although Akers agreed to take the proposal under advisement, using the pre-sentencing recommendation report as a guide, he denied it on Feb. 9 at a sentencing hearing.
Akers ordered Keltz' case be put back on the calendar for further court proceedings and rescheduled it for a jury trial May 11.
Myrtle and his attorney Charles Hear appeared before Akers with a negotiated plea agreement Jan. 12. He agreed to withdraw his initial not guilty plea and pled guilty to a class B felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine. In exchange, the state would drop the remaining charges in the case against Myrtle.
On Feb. 9, Akers accepted the terms of the plea agreement and sentenced Myrtle to 12 years incarceration at the IDOC (allowing for good time credit if earned) while crediting him with 190 actual days previously served in jail for the case.
Okulovich also appeared before Akers to file a negotiated plea agreement and sentencing recommendation on Jan. 12.
On Feb. 11, after reviewing the pre-sentencing recommendation report, Akers rejected the plea agreement and ordered Okulovich's case be put back on the calendar for further court proceedings and set a jury trial for May 4.
On Jan. 20, Davis appeared with her attorney Charles Hear to enter her negotiated plea agreement for the consolidation of two cases before Akers.
The plea agreement proposed that Davis would plead guilty to a class D felony charge of unlawful sale of a legend drug in exchange the second charge in the first case would be dismissed along with the three charges in the second case. She would be sentenced to one-and-a-half years, which would be suspended except for nine actual days incarceration, and the remainder would be served on formal probation with credit (if earned) for the time Davis spent in jail from Aug. 18-20, 2008.
Davis also appeared for an initial hearing on a third case.
According to charging information provided to the court on Feb. 4, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed formal allegations that on or about Dec. 26, 2008, Davis purchased more than three grams of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or both within a one-week period, a class C misdemeanor.
Akers set a tentative court trial in the matter for April 22.