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Raid suspect's plea accepted

Friday, May 1, 2009

Wesley E. Okulovich Jr.
A second attempt at a negotiated plea agreement for one of the suspects arrested during the August 2008 drug raid was recently accepted in Clay Superior Court.

Accepting the sentencing recommendation terms of a new negotiated plea agreement, Judge J. Blaine Akers sentenced Wesley E. Okulovich Jr., 39, Brazil, to 12 years at the Indiana Department of Correction for a guilty plea to one count of class B felony dealing in methamphetamine in exchange the state would dismiss the remaining charge, a class D felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Okulovich will serve eight years (with good credit available if earned) and be placed on four years probation upon his release. Akers also gave Okulovich credit for 268 days previously served while awaiting court proceedings and recommended him for the opportunity to participate in the Clean Lifestyle Is Freedom Forever (CLIFF) Program.

On Jan. 12, the first negotiated plea agreement was presented to the court on Okulovich's behalf. It proposed that he plead guilty to class B felony dealing in methamphetamine, be sentenced to 10 years, six of which would be executed and the remaining four suspended with good time credit allowed for the time he was incarcerated from Aug. 5, 2008.

On Feb. 11, after reviewing the pre-sentencing recommendation report, Akers rejected the plea agreement.

On Aug. 5, 2008, Okulovich was one of 40 suspects arrested during 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 who 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.

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I believe CLIFF credits offenders for one year. If he completes, he should in home in about 13 months.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Sun, May 3, 2009, at 3:02 AM

You know, I am glad that they did something with this guy, he is CONTINUOUSLY in trouble for something. I hate to see anyone sent to DOC but if they continue to do the same thing than they need sent away whether it be rehab or DOC. I say, if they've not been in trouble before, try help them but to do the same stuff over and over is ridiculous.

-- Posted by ape1 on Sun, May 3, 2009, at 1:54 PM

Wow! what a slap on the wrist! It is amazing to me how some people can get in trouble over and over and still come out smelling like a rose!! I don't think the judge should have excepted any plea agreement. If it was his first time fine! than give him a chance to rehab himself. I'm all for second chances, but not with habitual affenders. Give him a sentence he deserves.

-- Posted by some1ispraying on Thu, May 7, 2009, at 10:10 PM

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