Rural Owen Man Pleads Guilty To Burglary, Criminal Recklessness; Sentenced To Four Years In DOC
James A. Tussey, 19, of Coal City, was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) on Tuesday after pleading guilty to a burglary charge dating back to October of 2012 and to a new offense of criminal recklessness that he picked up while incarcerated at the Owen County Security Center on April 12, 2013.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Owen County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Detective Bill Snodgrass, Tussey had been continuously incarcerated at the Owen County Security Center since his arrest on the burglary charge. The report revealed that Tussey and another inmate concocted a scheme in April of 2013 to affect the release of the other inmate. The scheme involved the inmate placing his arm in the travel portion of the jail cell door and Tussey would slam the door shut on his arm. This, they thought, would cause serious injury and result in the jail releasing the inmate for treatment purposes without the necessity of posting bond. The pair followed through with the plan and the inmate did sustain a serious arm injury, but contrary to the plan of the two inmates, the jail transported him to the hospital for treatment and then brought him right back to the jail.
According to Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere, “This is the second instance this year of inmates trying this scheme at the Owen County jail. Each time an inmate sustained a severe injury to an arm or hand and the other inmate was charged with a new felony for inflicting the injuries. These people need to realize that this type of bizarre behavior is not going to result in the issuance of a ‘get out of jail free card’ and it certainly won’t go unpunished.”
Tussey received a three-year sentence on the burglary charge and an additional one-year sentence on the recklessness charge.
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