On Wednesday, Timothy R. Steuerwald, 41, with the assistance of defense attorney Edward McGlone, entered into an agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office. He agreed to plead guilty to allegations in cases that occurred before his jury trial conviction for class B felony dealing methamphetamine this past summer.
Steuerwald voluntarily testified to his guilt in a class D failure to return to lawful detention and two probation violation cases.
The prosecutor's office agreed to dismiss the allegations in the four remaining cases -- three misdemeanor probation violations and one felony charge of driving while a Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV) -- during the court proceedings.
As per the negotiated plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout entered guilty convictions.
Steuerwald was sentenced to a total of three years incarceration (two six-month sentences and one two-year sentence), with each sentence to run consecutive. However, his probation was terminated as "unsuccessful."
Officials confirmed to The Brazil Times that, according to Indiana law, inmates at the DOC are required to serve court ordered sentences in chronological order.
Although Steuerwald is currently serving a sentence for the B felony conviction at the DOC, Trout explained in court that it would be "put on hold" until successful completion of the "sentences for these older cases."
Steuerwald will then serve the remaining time (20 years, with 15 to be executed and five years formal probation upon his release) with good time credit allowed, if earned. The court credited him with 45 days previously served in jail before May 19, 2009.
With several bonds posted in the various cases, the court released the money back to the family member after the fines and administrative fees were deducted.
After the court proceedings, Trout performed a private wedding ceremony for Steuerwald and his bride Jamie Ludington, with their family members in attendance.
Steuerwald was remanded into the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department until formal processing that would return him to the custody of the DOC.
He was originally convicted during a jury trial June 3.