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.