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Sunday, February 7, 2010

The three suspects involved in a home invasion/burglary at a rural northwestern Clay County home in January 2009 have entered into separate plea agreements.

Cousins Joshua L. Orman, 23, and James Levi Orman, 19, along with Christopher Charles Craft, 19, Brazil, were arrested by local law enforcement officers Jan. 15-16, 2009, for their alleged involvement in the violent incident that occurred at 8843 N. County Road 500 West. The three men allegedly assaulted and held a young couple and their young child at gunpoint while stealing numerous electronic items from their home during the early morning hours of Jan 14.

The three suspects were formally charged by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office with six criminal allegations, including:

* Class A felony robbery resulting in serious bodily injury,

* Class A felony conspiracy to commit robbery resulting in serious bodily injury,

* Class A felony burglary resulting in bodily injury,

* Class B felony aggravated battery,

* Class D felony theft, and

James Orman
* Class D felony residential entry.

The prosecutor's office also confirmed Craft was on probation for a conviction/guilty plea in a separate case in Clay Superior Court at the time of the incident.

Josh Orman
All three suspects have entered into plea agreements with the prosecutor's office.

The Ormans, with assistance from their attorney Geoffrey Creason, have both agreed to plead guilty in Clay Circuit Court to two class B felony burglary charges, including burglary and aggravated battery.

Craft, with assistance from his attorney James Brown, has agreed to plead guilty in Clay Superior Court to class B felony aggravated battery.

Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout and Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers have taken the plea agreements under advisement.

The three suspects also face charges in Vigo County from a second home invasion that also occurred on Jan. 14, 2009.

Charged with class A felony burglary resulting in bodily injury and class B felony robbery resulting in bodily injury, all three cases are being processed through Vigo County Circuit/Superior Court Division 3 and Judge David R. Bolk.

According to court records, attorneys for the Ormans have entered notification of initial plea agreements to the court. However, Joshua's case remains tentatively scheduled for a jury trial on Feb. 23.

No paperwork has been filed regarding a plea agreement in Craft's case, whose trial date is tentatively scheduled March 2.

A fourth suspect, Lindsey J. Beaman, 19, was charged with class A misdemeanor false informing. Beaman is currently out on bond awaiting further court proceedings in the matter.

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Ok, they have entered into a plea agreement. How about telling us what kind of time they are going to serve. Surely that is in the agreement as well.

-- Posted by My opinion counts on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 8:53 AM

Precisely Opinion counts ! How much time are they actually going to serve before they start it all over again and cost more money, this is a really tiresome routine, you know its coming, we've been reading these names over and over in the "justice " system articles and now that there's been a slight break in the routine its going to start over.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 11:19 AM

I think it's ridiculous that these people are allowed to "plea" time after time. If the wonderful justice system keeps allowing them to plea it is just a matter of time before they will be facing murder charges!!

-- Posted by smuby on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 11:54 AM

This is ashame that we have these types of young adults commiting these serious crimes here in Brazil. But you know what, its not all completely their fault. I personally have know Chris Craft for about 10 years now, actually a member of my family dated him for quite awhile, and let me tell you, he is not ever going to be a "MURDERER" as Smuby posted on here. Before Chris got himself into mischief he was such a wonderufl boy, he really was he would help absolutely anyone who needed anything. And even no that he has been incarserated Im sure the same thing is in place, he is a true sweetheart. He has been altered by drugs and negligance. The community,family,frieinds, and drugs contributed to him commiting crimes. NOT HIM INDIVIDUALLY. Chris is still a good perosn, and yes he did mess up, but he will always have a big heart.

-- Posted by Haziee1216 on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 12:36 PM

Last time I checked Haziee1216 we all have the ability to make choices and none of these young adults have made the best ones this far. They are all under the age of 24 and have been in trouble how many times for some pretty serious things??? Good heart or not, IF you are with the wrong crowd of people BAD things can happen.

-- Posted by smuby on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 12:48 PM


I'm sure the victims of his violence think he's a real sweetheart. Especially when he was smacking them in the head with a gun. Each and every individual in this world is responsible for their own actions. If I go out and commit a crime the only person to blame is myself, not my parents, community, or anyone else. He is NOT a good person. A good person does not commit the kinds of crimes he did. Possibly he can be rehablitated but I doubt it. You do the crime you PAY the time.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 1:39 PM

I am certain that the young couple held hostage at GUNPOINT with their young child will be relieved to know that at least one of their captors was a "true sweetheart." That whole family could of been killed. You can never be sure what will happen when people that are up to no good are cornered. The rush of adrenalin from being caught doesn't help people make good decisions. Especially when they have already made bad choices.

When I was their age, I worked for what I wanted. Stealing never even occured to me. They should try getting a job. I am certain they could flip burgers somewhere or do some type of manuel labor, for most of us it was required. They could of built character instead of a criminal record. It all boils down to "do the crime, do the time."

-- Posted by My opinion counts on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 1:42 PM

Haziee1216...I have known Chris Craft for 7 years and he is one of the most disrespectful and awful people I have never met. I would not put anything past him. Good people do not do what these people did. The best thing to do is put him away for good.

-- Posted by guesswho? on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 1:43 PM

I remember this story when it first happened. All I could think about was trying to put myself in the shoes of the young couple whose house was invaded, beat up, and held at GUNPOINT all while there little child was in the household. Now we get to hear that there is plea agreements with each person involved. I'm not the smartest when it comes to law and court proceedings but I would have to think this is a way to admit to certain charges just to have others dropped. Sorry but its a shame when at times the court system plays LETS MAKE A DEAL. Also I have to comment on another thing. Hazel I am not trying to judge you or your perception of someone but I don't know how you can call this guy Craft a Sweetheart and a kid that would do anything for anyone. Seems to me that he was looking out for himself and putting others at harm all while there little child was looking on. Have you not wondered what he and the others did to instill thoughts in the head of this child seeing what was done to his/her parents? This is one of the lowest of lows I have heard of and I hope that the victims get some type of justice and closure in what happened to there young little family!

-- Posted by Reader11 on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 2:23 PM

Haziee1216... that is a very good name for you, hazy. Your perception of Good Hearted and a real Sweetheart are very hazy. If the victims in this case were related to you I am sure your opinion would be different. I am related and frankly I am appalled that they have been offered 2 "B" felonies in exchange for 3 "A", 1 "B" and 2 "D" felonies. I would like to know what exactly the sentence offer is for 2 "B"'s. I know that the victims have been sentenced to a lifetime of fear. They had to move from their home and as of yet still have not been allowed to collect all the items from evidence. For a young couple it is very hard to replace everything that was taken. And, because they didnt know the name or brand of certain items they may never get it back since there was more than one house victimized. Anyone that would take a loaded gun, hit someone in the head hard enough to need stitches,steal practically everything in the house, including the food in the freeze and threaten to kill him, his girlfriend and their baby if he moved is NOT big hearted or a Sweetheart.

The one thing I wish I could personally do is locate the one male and the female with the smirks on their faces and slap that smirk into next week. For now all I can do is hope that the judge(s) in these cases takes into consideration that a Class "B" felony can be maxed out and that they are sentened double for both felonies they are pleaing to. They are very lucky that my brother didn't get to impose their sentence. Trust me they would have rather has the maxed out sentences.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 6:44 PM


Obviously we all must know a different Chris Craft than you do. The Chris I knew was the meanest spirited person I'd ever met. He was cruel beyond comprehension and he preyed on the weaknesses of others. If Chris didn't get what he wanted, then he either stole it or manipulated his way into getting it. Clearly,to anyone who knew him, he was narcissistic and grandiose. In my opinion, he needs many, many years of rehabilitation. If our system allows Chris to be released early, it will be a very serious mistake. As he has proven already, (he was on probation), he will continue on his path of destruction. How many people in this community are going to be terrorized before we do something about these dangerous people?

-- Posted by brazil4now on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 6:56 PM

Well Haze by the way my name is Aunt as is aunt to the kid he put the gun to. And you are right about one thing, I am a hater. I hate stupid, petty, ignorant little pea brained criminals like your sweetheart Chris and his co-horts that have nothing better to do than drive around in the middle of the night looking for a house with lights on, knocking on the door, asking for help and when it's given they put a gun to the person's head. So if being petty and selfish means I dont want someone in my family or anyone elses made victims because lazy, drug crazed SWEETHEARTS can't get off their a$$ and find a way to work for what they want, then yes I am petty and selfish. Oh by the way, I have a job and work for a living so I really dont have time to "sit at home on my computer waiting to prey on someone stupid enough to worship Chris Craft".

And I bet your great grandma would be so proud.....

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 9:05 PM

If you were to put a pair of sunglasses on the Craft kid he would look just like Richard Ramirez, a.k.a.~"THE NIGHT STALKER"

-- Posted by houseofhate on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 5:05 AM

For those who wish to translate the guilty pleas into prison time, notwithstanding the final decision of the court, I give your the following references from the Indiana Code:

IC 35-50-2-4

Class A felony

Sec. 4. A person who commits a Class A felony shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of between twenty (20) and fifty (50) years, with the advisory sentence being thirty (30) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.8. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.117; P.L.164-1994, SEC.3; P.L.148-1995, SEC.5; P.L.71-2005, SEC.7.

IC 35-50-2-5

Class B felony

Sec. 5. A person who commits a Class B felony shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of between six (6) and twenty (20) years, with the advisory sentence being ten (10) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.8. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.118; P.L.71-2005, SEC.8.

IC 35-50-2-6

Class C felony; commission of nonsupport of child as Class D felony

Sec. 6. (a) A person who commits a Class C felony shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of between two (2) and eight (8) years, with the advisory sentence being four (4) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), if a person has committed nonsupport of a child as a Class C felony under IC 35-46-1-5, upon motion of the prosecuting attorney, the court may enter judgment of conviction of a Class D felony under IC 35-46-1-5 and sentence the person accordingly. The court shall enter in the record detailed reasons for the court's action when the court enters a judgment of conviction of a Class D felony under this subsection.

As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.8. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.119; P.L.167-1990, SEC.1; P.L.213-1996, SEC.5; P.L.71-2005, SEC.9.

IC 35-50-2-7

Class D felony

Sec. 7. (a) A person who commits a Class D felony shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of between six (6) months and three (3) years, with the advisory sentence being one and one-half (1 1/2) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), if a person has committed a Class D felony, the court may enter judgment of conviction of a Class A misdemeanor and sentence accordingly. However, the court shall enter a judgment of conviction of a Class D felony if:

(1) the court finds that:

(A) the person has committed a prior, unrelated felony for which judgment was entered as a conviction of a Class A misdemeanor; and

(B) the prior felony was committed less than three (3) years before the second felony was committed;

(2) the offense is domestic battery as a Class D felony under IC 35-42-2-1.3; or

(3) the offense is possession of child pornography (IC 35-42-4-4(c)).

The court shall enter in the record, in detail, the reason for its action whenever it exercises the power to enter judgment of conviction of a Class A misdemeanor granted in this subsection.

As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.8. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.120; Acts 1982, P.L.204, SEC.40; P.L.334-1983, SEC.3; P.L.136-1987, SEC.7; P.L.167-1990, SEC.2; P.L.188-1999, SEC.9; P.L.98-2003, SEC.3; P.L.71-2005, SEC.10.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 8:15 AM

WANT 2 B THUGS, hope they get alot of time. this might show these young people to find honest work if they want money. Maybe an ass whippin would of helped, oh we can't do that anymore.

plea agreement saves County at first but in the long run we all pay. they will be back in court , bet on it!

Leo L. Southworth , i bet you wasted alot of time researching this information. the judge will give little or No time probation is my bet.

WOW times have changed for the worst. get the Govt. out of raising children. Whippins worked in the 70's

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 9:45 AM

They sure worked on me, Sand mann!

I've been in this town since I was a Freshman in HS (GO BLUE DEVILS! ;) and there wasn't anything to do then, either! Guess what? I managed to stay out of trouble - so did my friends. Sure we did some stupid things, but never at the expense of someone else OR their property. It's called RESPECT .. try it sometime.

I work for a living and have been proud to serve in both the Navy and Army. I still believe (and realize I'm in the minority here) that Boot Camp/Basic Training should be a requirement for those students with a struggling GPA (to help with schooling) or troubled youth (to get back on track). Talk about a change in the way they see life, academics, themselves and respect for their parents and others (not to mention authority)!

Our youth need guidance and support .. they need a reality check and to find their own identity - I honestly believe they aren't sure WHO they are.

I remember thinking life was "all about me" - until I woke up (in Boot Camp). More youth of the world could use that guidance. They would learn to be more CONstructive and less DEstructive - and stop blaming society for their "choices" to commit crimes.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 12:17 PM

Leave it to Lee Reburger. He'd rather sing a tune in his new musical "Little Shop of Horrors" than actually do the job for which he was elected.

Second rate litigant, third rate prosecutor.

Bye bye, Lee. And good riddance.

-- Posted by GOPsweep2010 on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 6:51 PM

Its called home defense. This was a shooting, beating and whooping offense. Try it here, my score is two for two. Thank God I didn't have to take a life but if thats what it takes so be it. Indiana now has the "Castle Defense". Too late for that young couple and child unfortunatley but I hope they are ok and are stronger for it in the end. As for the smirking, please let me be a jailer! Ha!

-- Posted by wtfizdat on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 10:02 PM

First and formost I want to say thank you to haziee for still believing that there is still some good in Christopher after all that has happened thank you.We know what good he can do when his head is on correctly.As for everyone else I can completely agree with what you are saying about facing the consiquences for your actions. We had a very similar incident in our family where our brother was stabbed and almost killed and we felt the same way. So I am not a double standard person. I feel that Christopher needs to do the time for his crime. But he also has psychological problems and I'm not trying to make excuses for him because there isn't one. But he is my brther and I do love him dearly. And I like to think that we can get him straightened out and I think about it everyday. I am sorry to families he has hurt. Though I know it will take time and I know first hand I hope you can find some forgiveness someday. My deepest apologize Ashley.

-- Posted by 29ashley75 on Wed, Feb 10, 2010, at 11:40 AM

Ashley I do accept your apology, but hopefully someday your brother will be able to make the apologies himself. I do feel that he has problems, even if they are drug induced, but that does not take the sting out what he/they did. My anger at haziee is that she/he acted if he was being picked on, which is not the case. No one but Haziee singled Chris out from the pack. There was more than one person involved here and I think they all fed off each others "problems/addictions", but they must still pay the consequences. I know how hard it is to be a family member and watch your brother going through the court system, as well as the public hearing, for that I am sorry for you. I will pray that your brother and the others find redemtion in their actions and that someday they are able to come home and find a good life. Thank you for you message and again, I/we accept your apology and pray you find peace.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Wed, Feb 10, 2010, at 6:51 PM

29ashley75 - what an incredibly intelligent, brave woman you are to apologize to those affected by this senseless act. I agree with "lifehasitsmoments" .. and pray you and your family find peace.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Feb 11, 2010, at 12:08 PM

Sand mann -- I spent almost no time in researching the law concerning the possible sentences as I have that section of the Indiana Code bookmarked so I can refer to it when I see plea bargains such as this and want to see how much time is being traded.

I actually agree that there is a distinct lack of discipline in some of our youth that corporal punishment might well have corrected had it been applied judicially at an early age, yeah, I got my whippings, too. These idiots are beyond that age. I also agree that they probably will not get sentenced to enough time or get out of the full sentence before they learn their lesson, so I expect to see their names involved with criminal acts in the future.

Emmes -- Boot Camp will sure instill some self-discipline...LOL. If you didn't bring any with you when you arrived, you'll sure carry some away with you when you leave....LOL. If you care to see another program for youth, look up the National Guard ChalleNGe Academy. It puts "at risk" teen in a quasi-military setting. Not "boot camp", as they are not in the military and not DOC, but a good program for kids who don't quite get the picture.

Now, these people may well have their own problems. They obviously made their problem someone else's. Frankly, they are lucky that they survived, even though the "Castle Law" had not yet been passed. Many homeowners, like me, would have shot them first and worried about the law later. Double 00 buck shot makes a big hole at close range, but if you want to bring a pistol or a knife I'll figure you want to see some blood so I'll show you your own. I'll take a ride in a police car and plead "self-defense". I don't think that even under the law that was in effect at the time this occurred anyone would see it any other way.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Feb 11, 2010, at 12:30 PM

Lee Reburger strikes again.

-- Posted by GOPsweep2010 on Thu, Feb 11, 2010, at 5:52 PM

Im pretty sure what hazzie was saying is that he wouldnt murder. Also I know orman too he maybe stupid but hes not a murderer.

-- Posted by lilmomma on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 2:26 PM

ya uhh i know both chris and james. They did something awful but James really is a sweatheart and Chris was. People get themselves into bad situations and make bad choices in life but i would rather those boys get help then be locked away forever.

-- Posted by blah123 on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 8:14 PM

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