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Rhodes found guilty

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

On Wednesday, Dusty Rhodes Jr., Terre Haute, was found guilty in a class B felony of dealing methamphetamine.

Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout, had him remanded to custody of the Sheriff's department without bond until sentencing, which is set for Aug. 31, in circuit court.

According to officials, on Aug. 9, 2007, Rhodes allegedly dealt methamphetamine to an undercover police officer at a local gas station.

He was one of the suspects 60 law enforcement officials from 11 different local, state and federal agencies arrested as part of the August 2008 drug warrant sweep.

However, Rhodes was apparently not in Clay County during the initial raid.

When the United States Marshals Office Fugitive Task Force took over the manhunt in September 2008, they located Rhodes in Lee County, Fla., and took him into custody.

The first trial was in February 2011, but resulted in a hanged jury.

The jury trial of the state of Indiana v. Dusty Rhodes began on Monday, at 9 a.m.

On Tuesday, the state called several witnesses to the stand.

On Wednesday, Charles Hear, the public defender representing Rhodes, presented his case.

One witness was brought to the stand, and Rhodes testified in his own defense.

After closing arguments, the jury came to a unanimous decision.

"I am very appreciative of several law enforcement officers who came out to support this case," Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger, who represented the state, said. "It was a very strong, well-completed investigation."

Chief Deputy Kim Jackson assisted in the prosecution.

"The prosecutor's office appreciated how dedicated the jury was about listening and taking responsibility in the involvement of this case." Reberger said.

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Talk about a life that's taken a turn for the worst...

-- Posted by coltsfootball29 on Wed, Aug 3, 2011, at 9:03 PM

Great job Drug Task Force!

-- Posted by just thinking on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 8:24 AM

Dusty Rhodes has a loving family that will miss him very much while he is away! He has lived in Florida for the last 4 years and is a successfull business owner. More that can be said about most of you. Dusty I love you and will continue to run your successfull business and your life will resume as soon as you get home!!!

-- Posted by RheaRhodes on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 12:17 PM

Everybody makes mistakes and it doesnt only effect thier lives but thier families lives. :(

-- Posted by yearight on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 2:06 PM

"He has lived in Florida for the last 4 years and is a successfull business owner. More that can be said about most of you. "

Listen, using the "but he's Dusty Rhodes, Jr and he's better than you regular people" approach just isn't going to work. He had tremendous advantages and opportunities growing up rich, like he did. He blew those opportunities and threw it all away by choosing to deal drugs. It truly is a sad story. The last in a series of sad stories, really. But that's all it is. Lashing out at people that you think are less than Dusty and his family isn't going to help anything.

-- Posted by JRS5963 on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 2:29 PM

I dont see that shes lashing out just making a statement. That he done wrong but is doing better for his self. In other words not living off the system. Oh and by the way just for the record Im not a Dusty Rhodes fan. But people do change just not all of them,

-- Posted by kd323 on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 3:38 PM

I do not lash out at people that is not my style. You should not judge people until you have walked in their shoes. Money does not buy opportunity nor is it an advantage. Sometimes things happen in your life that send you down the wrong path. It is those of us who make mistakes and face them and become better people because of our mistakes. Dusty did not take a plea, he will do his time and he will continue to have a happy and successfull life with his family. I don't expect there to be fans of Dusty Rhodes I simply think that we should not judge when we don't have all the facts and circumstances.

-- Posted by RheaRhodes on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 6:49 PM

For the record, I am in the Dusty Rhodes fan club. The Dusty I knew was kind, fun, and an all around pretty good guy. I had a lot of fun with him. I wish he had not made this mistake, but he did and he will pay for it. I wish him the best and I know that he will bounce back. He his very lucky to have such a good sister in Rhea.

-- Posted by M Reberger on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 8:50 PM

Well I am a HUGE "fan" of Dusty and his entire family and God Bless them all and Rhea keep standing by your kind,considerate brother and ignore what these idiots on here say, Dusty's dad was the best person I have ever met & even though he had troubled times growing up too he became a very prominant businessman just they same as his son is doing, we all have made mistakes in our lives, Trust me there are a lot of people that love you Dusty & Rhea :)

-- Posted by pilot5usa on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 9:19 PM

Glad to see that he has his life on track and is accepting his punishment for his poor choices but stating that "more that can be said about most of you"...when only two people had commented is a tad bit condescending don't ya think? Most of us do go to work everyday and choose to live a clean lifestyle. Pray for only good things for Dusty. People can win over their addictions and I'm glad he's chosen to go the right path.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 11:24 AM

Dusty was an alright kid but not so good in adulthood. With what happened to his dad it is not surprising. I hope he can heal himself and be a lawful productive citizen.

-- Posted by Mrs. Positive on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 5:27 PM

We have all made mistakes and you should not be so quick to come to conclusions. Someday you may be in a situation like this whether you are the one with you life in the hands of 12 jurors or the family of them. He was not convicted the first time and anyways do jurors really have the qualifications needeed to determine whether or not someone committed a crime. Do they evaluate the intelligence of these jurors that hold the lives of our loved ones in their hands. At some point in our lives our life too will be in the hands of someone else and hopefull they will be doctors and have the qualifications needed to make informed decisions. To all of you who believe in Dusty we greatly appreciate your sincerity.

-- Posted by RheaRhodes on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 8:20 PM

If people wouldn't put themselves in the position of having to go in front of a jury they wouldn't have to worry what type of intelligence a jury has. How ridiculous of you to even talk like that. You play you pay. Yes people make mistakes. Most people have to pay for those mistakes. I'm pretty sure you know yourself he was definately NOT living on the right side of the law Rhea. Get real. I myself have family members and friends who chose that lifestyle and they also are dealing with the repercussions of that. I would never sit back and act like they shouldn't be prosecuted just because I don't want them to be. Thats the sad thing about addiction. It doesn't just affect the addict...everyone suffers. The only person you should be worried about facing is God. I really do hope your brother continues on the road to sobriety and success after he serves his time.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 11:59 PM

~Be the change you wish to see in the world~

I am praying for you and your family. Be well.

-- Posted by Faire Lady on Mon, Aug 8, 2011, at 4:01 PM

Amen, ugotitdude!! Rhea is so ridiculous!! Denial is also a sad trait to have.

-- Posted by snowgurl452 on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 9:58 AM

UGOTITDUDE .. very well put. Sorry, we all make mistakes .. to continually make excuses WHY nauseates me. Honestly.

It happened. It's over. Do the time.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 1:02 PM

Dusty I know we had our differences but ur Heart is way bigger than your Brain. As far as the criminal side. Well I just dont understand why he is being held until sentencing. I mean he was let out until found guilty right? Clay county is absurd with their laws. Didnt the informant that got him get caught with over a pound of meth yet got out of trouble to buy a weency amount off of Dusty? Sounds like yall had a bone to pick with dusty. Just throwing it out there. Brazil is the only county I know that will spend a thousand dollars to come get someone in a different county on a B misdemeanor. Ur legal system is a joke

-- Posted by Joey F. on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 8:05 PM

Joey F- I would imagine they are holding him until sentencing so he doesn't take off back to Florida and they spend thousands more dollars to extradite him back here.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 8:02 AM

So, JOEY F. - If you're arrested (because of the evidence) and your photo shows up in The Times, it's a conspiracy? Interesting concept. Asinine, but interesting.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 11:25 AM

well it is almost 3yrs later and guess what u snobbing hillbillies Dusty is good and Rhea is better.so all of u haters whether because they were brought up rich or because u are and were just jealous put a sock in it. have a horrible life which u most certainly deserve

-- Posted by ugottobekidding on Thu, Feb 13, 2014, at 2:50 PM

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