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Burglary suspects receive formal charges

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ryan Grafe
Two Clay City burglary suspects were formally charged in court Wednesday.

Ryan Grafe, 20, and Michael Floyd, 19, were booked into the Clay County Justice Center Sunday in connection with a burglary in progress.

According to officials, an anonymous caller reported finding a broken window and a "familiar" male subject who "did not belong" at a friend's residence. The male was seen fleeing into a wooded area.

Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and the Indiana State Police canvassed the area, speaking with neighbors to obtain a description of the male, an alleged vehicle he entered and a description of the driver of the vehicle.

As a result of the investigation, officials located Grafe and Floyd at their respective homes and were ultimately discovered stolen property from the residence.

The two suspects appeared in court Wednesday to each be formally charged with class B felony burglary and class D theft charges and four class A misdemeanor charges, including criminal trespass, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Appearing before Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers, Grafe entered a not guilty plea, was appointed a public defender and had a jury trial tentatively set for Jan. 4, 2009. Bond was set at $25,000 with 10 percent allowed and a no contact order was established for the victim.

Michael Floyd
Appearing before Clay Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem James Deal, Floyd entered a not guilty plea, was appointed a public defender and had a jury trial tentatively set for Sept. 21. Bond was set at $25,000 with no 10 percent allowed and a no contact order was established for the victim.

Jail officials confirmed late Tuesday that both men remained incarcerated to await further court proceedings.

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Way to go fellas. You made it. Your name in the paper. Idiots.

-- Posted by Jed on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 6:18 AM

Nice pictures, you will have a good time in prison.Hope you don't meet Bubba, but I know you will.

the little thugletts got a public defender, again the tax payers pay . maybe they should of had a honest job.

Finally making the paper, bet it makes the thuglett's family proud.

They are young and after prison, I bet they can still have productive lives.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 7:51 AM

Pictures look great guys! I certainly hope you get time for this....probably not! This isn't Floyd's first rodeo. Grafe just hadn't been caught until now.

-- Posted by hrdwkr on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 11:00 AM

Just, perhaps, our judicial and corrections systems are not the deterrent that they should be.

As Victory04 mentions, the taxpayer pays the bill and I have to wonder if we are getting our money's worth. "Three hots and a cot" costs money and I have to wonder about the cost of television, gym equipment, air conditioning, and some of the other things that the taxpayers provide for offenders.

Frankly, I wonder about the term "cruel and unusual punishment". Just what is that? If you know what the punishment is before you commit a crime, didn't you accept the risk before you did it? I know that if I gamble on one of the boats, I have a high probability of walking off the boat lighter in the wallet. I know that if I invest in something and the market turns, I stand to lose. Why should a crime give a person a permanent address for a time and perks that that person would have had to pay for in society?

I remember wondering on this when Timothy McVeigh was executed. Why should a person who caused so much suffering be executed as painlessly as possible? In that case, I would have considered chaining him to the ground, laying a slab of concrete on him in memory of those that were crushed to death, and soaking him with gasoline for those who burned, then striking a match appropriate and neither cruel or unusual. After all, he got what he gave.

Looks to me from the comments, some time in the stocks in the town square would be more apt to be a deterrent than time in jail in these cases.

Cheaper for the taxpayer, too.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 1:07 PM

I seriously hate every one of you people. You have no clue what you are talking about. Sand Mann your comments about making the thugletts families proud was uncalled for, it may have made Floyd's proud, but being a close friend of the Grafe family I can tell you they are not proud you moron. Matthew 7:1, Romans 14:10.

-- Posted by ThinkB4USPEAK on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 2:00 AM

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