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Rhodes sentenced to six years

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A former Brazil resident has been sentenced to six years in the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC), five of which will be executed and one year of probation.

On Tuesday, Clay Circuit Court Judge Joe Trout handed down the sentence to Dusty Rhodes Jr., 38, stemming from a 4-year-old drug case.

In February 2011, a 12-member jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict against Rhodes, who had been charged with a Class B felony of dealing methamphetamine. However, in August, he was found guilty in a new jury trial.

During Tuesday's sentencing hearing, Rhodes' ex-wife was called to the stand to testify on his behalf.

"He went through a rough patch," Rustina Johnson told the court. "He made some mistakes. But he's the one who made the decision to change."

Describing Rhodes as a generous, caring person who would "do anything for you," Johnson added she believed he felt remorse and he would respond to electronic home detention.

"He's the person I knew," Johnson said.

Rhodes was also called to the stand by defense counsel Charles Hear.

When Hear asked Rhodes how likely it was for him to re-offend, Rhodes stated, "no chance."

"I learned my lesson," Rhodes said.

The state recommended Rhodes be sentenced to 10 years in the IDOC, three of which would be suspended, while defense recommended electronic home detention and probation.

Trout then handed down his ruling.

According to Trout, Rhodes has 30 days to file a notice of appeal.

Rhodes was one of several suspects arrested as a result of an August 2008 drug warrant sweep, which was conducted by 60 law enforcement officials from 11 different local, state and federal agencies.

The felony charge, according to officials, stemmed from allegations that he was involved in a drug deal with an undercover police officer at a local gas station Aug. 7, 2007.

Officials with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office told The Brazil Times Rhodes was given an option to work with investigators or go to jail after the initial allegation.

During the August 2008 drug sweep, Rhodes was not in Clay County. The United States Marshal's Office Fugitive Task Force located Rhodes in Lee County, Florida, in September 2008, taking him into custody.

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Let the Peyton Place Journal begin.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 7:02 PM

When Hear asked Rhodes how likely it was for him to re-offend, Rhodes stated, "no chance."

Rhodes answer above is a very, very alarming response. Ask any relapse-ridden person in recovery.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 8:34 PM

How many of you people commenting are perfect? Maybe he was just trying to support a drug addiction? That dont make him right, but hes not a violent criminal either. There are child molestors getting less times and news, arm violent crimes getting ten years. So what do you do, you put a drug addict in prison instead of rehab!

-- Posted by smalltowngirlwhitegirl on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 8:43 AM

It's amusing to me how many people defend the actions of drug abusers. There is no defense .. it's a choice and he made it.

If you're going to compare situations, SMALLTOWN, compare apples to apples. That is, if you want your comment to have some sort of credibility.

Most criminals say there is "no chance" they'll re-offend. And yet .. most do.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 11:27 AM

Please pray for his little girl that is going to be devastated that he has to go to prison. I'm not saying he doesn't deserve some punishment but I will say that his public defender doesn't care much for his job or he would see his clients more often. It's very disturbing since you are innocent until proven guilty & should be fought for like you are innocent. Especially when the prosecutor fights hard to prove you aren't. For the record, this man had changed for the better as a person & as a father. It doesn't mean he shouldn't pay for his crime at all but it's nice to know that it didn't take him being punished to change his life around which hopefully means he will be able to start over fresh when he is released.

-- Posted by Kayk on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 11:29 AM

Sorry for those who are defending this man and stating that he is a good father, he's changed his life around, etc, etc, etc...You do the crime, you do the time!!!!...Those are the consequences you face when you do something that is against the law~ I'm glad to hear that he has changed his life around, but he still has to pay his penalty!

-- Posted by clgruener on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 12:39 PM

Drugs are bad! Drugs make so called good people do bad things . Lock them up. Don't use drugs.

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 2:01 PM

what is the matter with people. you do the crime you pay. what does it say about people that they turn to crime and drugs when they think life has wronged them. yes its sad that not only the person pays but so do their family. little ones dont understand they just know they hurt. the person should remember they arent the only paying the time.

-- Posted by pukee on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 5:40 PM

I would have to agree with Smalltowngirlwhitegirl. People (harder and worse criminals)get less time. I know it's a bad thing and needs dealt with in this town. But do you honestly think repeating jail or prison is the answer? Sometimes it only makes it worse. They meet more of the same and even sometimes learn more in those places. I think that rehab would be the answer. Has anyone ever really truly visited a place like the House of Hope and observed their program? I have personally, and I think it is a great program. Rather than do the "lock-up, throw the key away" thing give them the help they need. Everyone deserves a second chance in life. How would some of you like it if you got locked up for one wrong mistake and not given a chance in life?????

-- Posted by LM3561 on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 3:10 AM

For a lot of us it's a mistake we would never make. I love my kids way too much to ever do something stupid like drugs. That's what kills me about people who go to prison and are then seen in interviews later talking about oh I miss my kids so much, I just want to get out and take care of my kids. Well the kids should have been thought about in the first place. I have no sympathy what so ever for people like that. I hope and pray he doesn't reoffend because his kid(s) don't deserve that heartache.

-- Posted by Meadow31 on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 9:52 AM

He would have better off representing himself.

-- Posted by grays on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 9:53 AM

Please tell me Geoffrey G Creason did not represent him??

-- Posted by SmallTown on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 2:17 PM

Do you have nothing better to do. None of you even know what you are talking about. Dusty is my brother and it sickens me to see people with nothing better to do than sit around and judge a situation they don't even know. Dusty is fine and doing great and so is his daughter. Obviously we are not happy with the outcome but so be it!!!! He will do his time and return home to a loving family and I guarantee you he will not spend his free time blogging about someone or a situation that he is not qualified to. Please get a life and find something or someone to spend your free time with because this is so petty!!!! As for my family and Dusty's family I can tell you that Dusty is doing great and I talk to him often. He will be fine! Much love to you!!!!

-- Posted by RheaRhodes on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 4:29 PM

Ahhhh, there is always one who points out how these guys are just poor misunderstood souls who just made a little mistake. And they didn't forget to mention how great of a father he is.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Thu, Sep 22, 2011, at 7:58 PM

You know, I really feel like what the main issue that many of his friends are upset with really has more to do with our justice system. Too many non-violent criminals are getting more, sometimes double, the prison time as child molestors and violent criminals. To me, that is the real injustice but unfortunately we see it happen all the time.

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Fri, Sep 23, 2011, at 12:52 AM

For those defending him, and saying he got less time than violent criminals; I have a question for you. Do you think he should have gotten less time, or do you think violent criminals get off too easy?

Personally, I think the latter, and I think he got the right amount of time.

-- Posted by olmedic on Fri, Sep 23, 2011, at 6:31 AM

RHEA, I have to ask why you continued reading beyond the article? Surely, you didn't think there would be good things said about a drug arrest.

I'm happy for him, if he's turned his life around. Thing is, when he was arrested, he hadn't reached that point in his life yet.

Maybe rehab is better than prison. I don't know. I haven't had to deal with either one. What I do believe, though, is that the punishment should fit the crime. As for the children, they're better off not being in a situation where drugs are involved.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Sep 23, 2011, at 11:01 AM

Well, I'm not defending him but I'll answer your question olmedic. I believe violent criminals don't ever receive enough time, especially sexual offenders. What is that saying from a rap song...."You get more time for a gram of cocaine, than a rape".....to me, the justice system is an injustice in itself~

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Fri, Sep 23, 2011, at 7:54 PM

Sad, so sad, something has to be done with the huge drug problem, not only in Clay County, but all across the USA, I pray for him and his family,and hope he gets the help he needs, to never do it again. And so true, the justice system is so not right, we hear about it almost everyday on the news, I don't have the answers,But something has got to change,we all sit and write about it, but no one wants to really get out there and really try and do something about it.Prison, and jail is not the answer,that has been proven time and time again... Any suggestions? We need to get involved instead of putting our heads in the sand, and just locking them up and throwing away the key...

-- Posted by skater chic on Sat, Sep 24, 2011, at 8:59 AM

How many of you throwing stones live in a glass house? How many of you drink alcohol which is a drug? How many of you drive even if you only had one drink and got by with it? Better think twice about being a judge, it's a big responsibility. You will be judged by the same measure you judge others with some day.

-- Posted by Jolly on Tue, Sep 27, 2011, at 8:21 AM

I ran with Dusty for a while. Dusty was not a saint (nor was I) and he never claimed to be perfect. He got sucked into some bad things and didn't get out fast enough. But, anyone who thinks that the right thing to do is lock guys up and leave them rot is out of their mind. Dusty was (and I am sure still is) one of the best dads and friends you could have. While I was at rock bottom Dusty helped me out. The worst thing is I moved away and never had a chance to thank him. He and his family will make it through this because they have been down a lot of rough rodes. Hang in there Rhea...sincerly Paul E. Sayler Milbank, SD(not some coward hiding behind a fake username!)

-- Posted by pesayler on Wed, Sep 28, 2011, at 6:26 PM

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