On Thursday, Joshua Orman, 26, appeared before Vigo Superior Court 3 Judge David R. Bolk to learn whether the terms of a negotiated plea agreement entered in court February, would be accepted.
Orman was initially arrested after a woman reported two men, possibly along with the help of a third suspect, forced their way into her home around 4 a.m., Jan. 16, 2009. The woman told investigators a man hit her in the face with a handgun before they took electronics and other items from her home.
Meanwhile, Clay County authorities were investigating a similar break-in at a rural Brazil residence in which three people broke in, assaulted a young couple in the presence of a young child and stole electronics and other items on Jan. 15.
Investigators quickly connected the two cases.
Accepting the terms of the agreement, Bolk sentenced Orman to serve 25 years in the Indiana Department of Correction, to be followed by five years on formal probation upon his release. Orman agreed to plead guilty to class A felony Burglary Resulting in Bodily Injury and the state agreed to drop the second charge in the case, class B felony Robbery Resulting In Bodily Injury.
Bolk also ordered Orman make restitution to the victim, have no contact with the victim and cooperate in the recovery of the victim's property.
If Orman has a clean conduct record while in the IDOC and completes at least 19 years of the 25-year executed sentence, he will be allowed to request a sentence modification for alternative placement for the final five years of the executed sentence.
A recommendation was also made on Orman's behalf that he receive alcohol-related education and addiction treatment during his incarceration.
Bolk ordered that Orman's Vigo County prison term would be served concurrent (at the same time) as the sentence from the Clay County case.
In March 2010, a negotiated plea agreement was entered on Orman's behalf and accepted in Clay Circuit Court. Orman agreed to plead guilty to two counts, including a class B felony Burglary and a class B felony Aggravated Battery. The remaining charges were dropped in the case, including Robbery Resulting In Serious Bodily Harm, Conspiracy To Commit Robbery Resulting In Bodily Harm, Theft and Residential Entry.
During a sentencing hearing, Orman was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for each charge, which was ordered to be served concurrently (or side by side).
Notified of his right to appeal the ruling, Orman's defense attorney has filed a notice of Appeal or Motion to Correct Errors in the matter. The Indiana Public Defender's Office is handling Orman's appeal process, which remains open as of press time.
On Thursday, Orman was remanded into the custody of the Vigo County Sheriff's Department to await proper commitment at IDOC.