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Two Brazil men submit separate guilty pleas

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

James Levi Orman
Two Brazil men recently pled guilty and will be formally sentenced on March 7 for their respective criminal cases in other counties.

On Monday, James Levi Orman, 20, entered into a negotiated plea agreement with the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office before Vigo Circuit/Superior Court Division 3 David Ray Bolk. Orman agreed to plead guilty to class A felony Burglary Resulting in Bodily Injury for his alleged involvement in a violent crime spree that began in Clay County on Jan. 15, 2009, and ended in Vigo County on Jan. 16, 2009.

On Jan. 15, 2009, Orman (along with his cousin Joshua L. Orman, 24, and Christopher Charles Craft, 20) participated in a home invasion where a young couple and their child were robbed at gunpoint at 8843 North County Road 500 West.

Later, Orman was allegedly also involved in a similar Vigo County home invasion where a woman was pistol-whipped and robbed.

As per terms of the Vigo County plea agreement, Bolk will take under advisement the sentence terms of 30 years incarceration (with good time credit allowed, if earned) at the Indiana Department of Correction, and, upon release, Orman will serve 5 years probation.

Orman was released into the custody of the Vigo County Sheriff's Department to await further court proceedings in the matter scheduled for March 7.

In March 2010, as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout sentenced Orman to 20 years imprisonment at the IDOC on two class B felony charges, including burglary and aggravated battery.

Meanwhile, another Brazil man appeared in Putnam County Circuit Court Monday to plead guilty to allegations he was trafficking with inmates at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.

In his capacity as a supervisor with Aramark Food Services, Seth M. Curtis, 23, was investigated by Internal Affairs Office at the Putnamville Correctional Facility for possibly trafficking in drugs with Aryan Brotherhood members.

Seth M. Curtis
According to court records in the case, during an interview with officials on Aug. 25, Curtis admitted to trafficking cell phones, tobacco and heroin with an offender for approximately seven months.

Curtis was arrested and originally charged with class A felony dealing in a narcotic drug and class C felony trafficking with an inmate. Incarcerated since his arrest, Curtis has been unable to post a $40,000 cash-only bond.

On Monday, Putnam Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley took under advisement the negotiated plea agreement that reduced the A felony to a B felony (which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison) and dismissed the trafficking charge.

Curtis was remanded into the custody of the Putnam County's Sheriff Department to await further court proceedings.

Brazil Times Reporter Ivy Jacobs and Banner Graphic Editor Jamie Barrand contributed to this report.

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Bet Orman isn't smirking now! Just wish I could be the one to smack that smirk off his face!

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 7:12 AM

The silver lining is the Orman will soon have the pleasure of knowing what it feels like to be a "pistol whipped" female. Take it like a champ, son. Let's see how long that smile lasts.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 9:47 AM

Couldn't agree more with you three. Too bad he will likely get off with much less than stated. It's a sad state of affairs we have to cope with now-a-days!

Have a great day!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 11:49 AM

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