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Former inmate denies violating probation

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Greencastle man who served time in prison for a 2003 jailhouse beating stands accused of violating his probation.

An evidentiary hearing in Putnam County Superior Court for Stephen E. Seketa, 28, has been set for Jan. 26. Seketa was arrested for the violation on Nov. 8, and was released from jail after denying the probation violation charge and posting 10 percent of a $15,000 bond on Nov. 10.

Seketa was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, both Class B felonies, on Feb. 12, 2004. Seketa took part in a beating at the Putnam County Jail, where he was an inmate, that left another inmate's kidney so damaged the organ had to be removed.

Seketa maintained in court that he never touched the victim in that case.

Court records allege that Putnam County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Charles Inman was on foot patrol around 1:25 a.m. on Nov. 8 when "my attention was immediately drawn to a loud commotion in the city-owned parking lot located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Vine and Walnut streets."

Inman wrote in his report that he witnessed Seketa rev the engine of the 4X4 pickup truck he was driving and squeal the tires as he proceeded through the parking lot.

Inman walked to the parking lot exit, where he signaled for Seketa to stop the vehicle. Inman had to repeatedly ask Seketa to turn his vehicle off, at which time court records said Seketa began to plead with Inman to "let him go." Seketa performed field sobriety tests and continued to plead with Inman for leniency.

Seketa was found to have a blood alcohol content of .108 after taking a portable breath test, court records said. He refused to submit to chemical testing.

Seketa's 2003 sentence was for 20 years on each count, with 10 years executed. With sentence modifications and good time credit, he was released from prison on Sept. 20, 2007.

Any part of the sentence Seketa did not serve could be reinstated if it is found that he violated his probation.

Seketa's criminal history in Putnam County also includes a Class C felony battery conviction in December 2003; a Class A misdemeanor conversion conviction in July 2004; and various traffic violations.

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Maybe Greencastle's finest should become a public defender and come to the judicial aide of these fine citizens. That way he can avenge the wrongdoings by our men in uniform!

-- Posted by Xgamer on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 6:41 AM

Foot patrol at 1:25 am???

-- Posted by bbridgeresident on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 7:36 AM

He was on foot patrol in the parking lot at Moore's Bar, where NOTHING good happens after midnight.

-- Posted by LangdonUlger on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 7:45 AM

Sheriff's deputy, foot patrol, city limits of Greencastle ???? It blows me away that there is such a thing as "foot patrol" in Greencastle city limits and by the sheriff's department not the city police? Maybe I have missed something.

-- Posted by calcans1 on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 10:08 AM

Foot patrol is not THAT bad of an idea. It wasn't too long ago that the BG reported auto break-ins to cars in parking lots.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Thu, Nov 27, 2008, at 6:36 AM

The Banner apparently has cut their editors to save money, Inman is a Greencastle Officer. I think foot patrol is a great idea, there are too many cars being broken into and vandalisms.

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Fri, Nov 28, 2008, at 2:34 PM

tisk..tisk.. always the dirtybutts who get angry about the police and bash without putting their names to it...Brave souls..

-- Posted by uttersillyness on Sat, Nov 29, 2008, at 10:23 AM

Once again, kudos to GPD for doing their job and nabbing the bad guys.

I live in this neighborhood and I love the idea of foot patrols at night, during the day, or whenever they decide to do it!

Good job Sgt. Inman!

-- Posted by ThinkPeopleThink on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 1:53 PM

Maybe if they really want to find the bad guys , look behind the badge. not everyone but there are a few I bet. lead by what I say not what I do seems to be their saying.I have seen some in the past drink and drive sometimes even the police car.can you believe that? like

I said not all are bad. breaking the law to get the bad guy ....now who is the bad guy

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 5:11 PM

depauw 2012, are you a card carrying memeber of the grammer police, fashion police, and typo police? you sure do point out everyone's flaws and complain a lot. i hope your name means you'll be leaving us after 2012 for greener pastures, because there are already enough complainers and finger pointers in this town.

-- Posted by MsBehaving on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 8:52 AM

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