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Friday, May 9, 2008

[IN] Ex-Officer Mikel gets 12yrs while awaiting domestic violence case sentencing

...Mikel allegedly had contacted his ex-wife in violation of a restraining order. A plea agreement is pending in that case, which would place Mikel under additional probation when he is released from state custody. A sentencing hearing in that case is scheduled for May 29...

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[IN] Officers protected Officer Mikel's estranged wife from him (September 17, 2007)
...Ross said Mikel had called his wife approximately an hour before pulling into the driveway at her home and that officers had already moved her to another location by the time Mikel arrived...

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Former Clarksville police officer gets 12 years for drugs Mikel sold drugs out of Greentree Skateland
New Albany Tribune, IN
By STEPHANIE MOJICA
May 09, 2008
Former Clarksville Police Officer Franklin Mikel, who pleaded guilty to selling drugs out of Greentree Skateland, was sentenced to 12 years in the case Thursday, court records show. Mikel, 35, signed a plea agreement in January that reduced his three A felony dealing in a schedule II controlled substance charges to B felonies, and capped the total maximum sentence to 12 years. Clark County Superior Court No. 2 Judge Cecile Blau accepted his plea agreement Thursday. She ordered him to serve the first 10 years of the sentence in the custody of the state Department of Corrections. The 11th year would be served under house arrest through Clark County Community Corrections, and the 12th under probation through Clark Superior Court No. 2. He would likely be released in five years under Indiana incarceration guidelines if he exhibited good behavior, then move on to serve his house arrest and probation terms. Mikel, who bought Greentree Skateland in 2005, admitted selling morphine pills to three informants on separate dates. He was arrested in 2007, and suspended without pay from the Clarksville Police Department... He also underwent court-ordered outpatient drug treatment at Wellstone Regional Hospital and voluntary counseling and substance-abuse programs, his attorney Larry Wilder said... Mikel had originally faced 20 to 50 years in prison per count. The plea agreement helped execute justice while still allowing Mikel to move past his drug problems and regain control of his life, Wilder said... Mikel has a pending case in Clark County Superior Court No. 3. After his drug-dealing arrest, he was charged with four misdemeanors — two for drunken driving and two for invasion of privacy. Mikel allegedly had contacted his ex-wife in violation of a restraining order. A plea agreement is pending in that case, which would place Mikel under additional probation when he is released from state custody. A sentencing hearing in that case is scheduled for May 29... [Full article here]

Mikel is convicted for drug dealing Former Clarksville officer gets 10 years
courier-journal.com
By Harold J. Adams
May 09, 2008
Franklin Mikel, a former Clarksville police officer, exchanged tearful hugs with his family yesterday after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for dealing drugs... "Ten years - God! - that's a long time," Mikel exclaimed just before he was handcuffed and taken out of the courtroom by jail officers... During a two-hour hearing, defense attorneys Larry Wilder and James Voyles urged [Clark County Superior Court No. 2 Judge Cecile] Blau to order that Mikel spend a larger part of his sentence on home incarceration or probation. Bottorff asked for a full 12-year prison term. "THE FACT THAT MR. MIKEL WAS A POLICE OFFICER ENTRUSTED WITH ENFORCING THE LAWS OF OUR STATE … TIPS THE BALANCE" toward a longer sentence, Bottorff said. But Mikel's attorneys said he is an alcoholic and was using illegal drugs at the time of the crimes but has since joined Alcoholics Anonymous... Blau, after listening to the arguments, said: "Being accountable means being accountable. It's that simple. The fact that you made these transactions while on duty while in uniform is an aggravator," she told Mikel. The judge also noted that children were in and out of the skating rink where the drug deals were made. And Blau said she was "a little offended" that Mikel was a candidate for Sellersburg town judge at the time of the crimes... [Full article here]

2 comments:

  1. AnonymousJuly 03, 2011

    he was set up by mark huddelston

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    1. AnonymousJune 03, 2014

      How is it a set up when he sold 30 pills on 3 separate occassions? He may have been ratted out but he was still dealing drugs...plain and simple. Sounds like he was in need of humbling.

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