On June 5, 2009, Terre Haute residents Jody L. Presslor, 32, and Shelly Green, 23, were taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center as part of an investigation by deputies with the Clay County Sheriff's Department and conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Presslor was charged with dealing methamphetamine, meth drug lab, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursor, distribution of methamphetamine precursor, possession of anhydrous ammonia, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana under 30 grams and maintaining a common nuisance.
Appearing in Clay Circuit Court March 29, Presslor, with defense attorney Geoffrey Creason, negotiated a plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.
Presslor agreed to plead guilty to class B felony dealing methamphetamine, class D felony possession of chemical reagent or precursors and class D felony maintaining a common nuisance in exchange the state would drop the four remaining charges, including illegal possession of anhydrous ammonia, storage or transportation of anhydrous, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
Clay County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout, after examining Presslor to determine if the plea was factually based and voluntarily made, accepted the terms of the negotiated plea agreement as being fair.
Presslor was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) on the first charge for 12 years (with two suspended), three years to be fully executed for the second charge and three years fully executed for the last charge. If earned, Presslor would be allowed good time credit and credit for 298 days actual days previously served.
The court recommended Presslor be allowed to participate in the Clean Lifestyle Is Freedom Forever (CLIFF) Program and his previous completion of the General Education Diploma (GED) as credit while incarcerated at the IDOC.
Presslor will be placed on probation for two years upon his release. He was remanded into the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department for classification and commitment to the IDOC.
On June 9, 2009, Green was formally charged in Clay Circuit Court with dealing methamphetamine, illegal possession of anhydrous, storage or transportation of anhydrous, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
After posting 10 percent of a $10,000 cash bond, Green has been awaiting further court proceedings while living at an undisclosed Vigo County residence.