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Former Brazil Police Chief accepts plea agreement

Friday, January 18, 2013

TERRE HAUTE -- According to reports, a former Brazil Police Department Chief has accepted a plea agreement.

On Thursday, former Brazil Police Chief Terry Harrison and counsel appeared in front Vigo County Superior Court Division IV Judge Michael Lewis for a pre-trial conference.

Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter told The Brazil Times that during a pre-trial conference, Harrison accepted a plea agreement to plead guilty for Official Misconduct (a class D felony).

Bookwalter said Harrison will face sentencing Feb. 21.

"The sentencing is up to the judge," Bookwalter said. "But he's facing 0-3 years in (prison)."

Harrison initially faced allegations of Official Misconduct and Failure to Deposit Public Funds. The second count was originally a class B felony, but Bookwalter said legislation in 2012 dropped it to a class D felony.

The charges stemmed from a case dating back to 2011.

The charges alleged Harrison -- while serving as Brazil Police Chief -- received and cashed a $2,000 grant check for funds intended to purchase car safety seats for children from the Indiana University Automotive Safety Program.

However, the charges alleged Harrison never deposited the funds into the official government accounts for the City of Brazil.

Bookwalter told The Times the state's "offer" has not changed in approximately one year.

"I said either plea to this or we're going to trial," he said, adding the charge of Failure to Deposit Public Funds was thrown out.

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They should give him the maximum allowable since he took money that was to be used to provide parents with safer car seats for local cildren.

-- Posted by MS660 on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 7:22 PM

as i stated months ago,harrison will do zero days incarcerated due to him being five o,had it been joe q public,theyd bury him under doc.so tell us harrison,how does it feel to be one of us now ah,a felon?bah ha ha haw dumbass

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 1:33 AM

Mr. Harrison has probably suffered enough. It is my understanding that it is true he did not cash the check, but he reimbursed the city prior to being caught. Basically it was a forged interest free loan. Hence, the reason the failure to deposit public funds was thrown out since it was repaid before being discovered. It was still the wrong thing to do.

-- Posted by Lafin on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 7:09 AM

unclegrabby has openly admitted to us that he is a convicted felon. (The phrase "one of us now".) That explains a lot.

-- Posted by My Dime on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 9:01 AM

I have known terry since he was born except for one time he made a mistake.

as Jesus said, let he who is without guilt throw the first stone.

-- Posted by grays on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 9:22 AM

was arrested by this scum for his made up charges

-- Posted by gartland08 on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 6:08 PM

Harrison did this sort of thing the entire time he was on the force. His uncle was the mayor so he would get away with it. He may not do any time, but he is a felon and will never be in police work again.

-- Posted by PAB2007 on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 7:05 PM

Harrison repaid the money. BUT - remember when Mayor Bradshaw received an extra $1000 in 2007 and then another disbursement of $2,400 in 2008? She repaid both amounts and not a peep was said or done. Seems Karen McQueen was also involved in some money misappropriations but again - nothing. In the same event, Tracy Webster was convicted. Where is the balance? Crooked town it is. Gotta know, or be related to, the right people.

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Mon, Jan 21, 2013, at 1:47 PM

Lafin, its your Misunderstanding, or intentional Mis-statement, that money was repaid....prior to being caught. Where does it state anywhere that money was repaid...put back..etc. ?? Not rumor, gossip...not the state board of accounts or other...where?

BzlObsrvr, you are correct about the previous people that did quickly pay back....but you are wrong that Harrison did, or had to. State board of accounts report for 2009-2010 is a great resource...

-- Posted by strateup on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 4:35 PM

bzlobserver, strateup;

i am on board with you two. sounds like "big trouble in little china" to me.

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 6:35 PM

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