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Trial continued for alleged meth dealer

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The trial of a Russellville man charged with dealing in methamphetamine was slated to begin Wednesday, but was continued until Jan. 14.

Chad Buttery, 28, is facing a charge of Class B felony dealing in meth, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Buttery's charges were enhanced because he allegedly committed the crimes he is accused of within 1,000 feet of a school, court documents said.

The vehicle Buttery was driving on Oct. 3 was stopped by Greencastle Police Department Officer Chris Helmer for an equipment violation (a non-working license plate light). Court documents said that stop yielded the discovery that Buttery was in possession of meth precursors used in meth production, and that "further investigation led to the discovery of fleeing suspects and live marijuana growth in a nearby residence."

When Helmer stopped the car, Buttery and another male subject, later identified as Timothy French, 34, took off on foot, court documents said. Helmer lost both men, but returned to the still-running vehicle, where he discovered what he believed to be the components of a rolling meth lab.

Buttery and French were located at the residence of Frederick Buttery in the 1000 block of Avenue E. The car Helmer found the meth manufacturing items in was registered to Frederick Buttery, court documents said.

The lab was dismantled by officers from the Indiana State Police. Samples taken from the car tested positive for meth.

Buttery may also be deemed a habitual offender. His criminal history includes convictions in Montgomery County for Class C felony conspiracy to commit burglary in January 2001 and Class D felony theft in December 2005. In both of those cases he violated the terms of his probation more than once and was sent to prison to serve suspended sentences. He was last released from prison on July 25.

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Please give these dopes a longer sentence this time ... They are not capable of rehabilitation and continue to repeat the same crimes over and over with little or no regard to laws, public safety, operating drug labs near public schools, etc., etc., etc.

-- Posted by GRNT on Thu, Dec 4, 2008, at 6:50 AM

Maybe Chad can share a cell with is brother Brandon. Brandon just made the Crawfordsville paper (www.thepaper24-7.com) a week ago for pretty much the same stuff. Only he actually crashed his vehicle while running from the police in a high speed chase. I have known these guys for about 10 years and the Butterys as well as Tim French should have been deemed habitual offenders a long time ago. They obviously refuse to grow up and are set on living a life of drugs, breaking the law and endangering other people. Chad for instance was released in July from prison and it took him what...less than 3 months to be caught in a rolling meth lab? I for one am sick of reading their names in the paper. They have been given too many chances to clean their act up. Put them in prison and keep them there for a long time this time.

-- Posted by putnammom on Thu, Dec 4, 2008, at 6:56 AM

Does anyone know why the trial was continued. Again, the banner either doesn't know the reason or refuses to put it in print.

-- Posted by whodouthinkur on Thu, Dec 4, 2008, at 7:32 AM

The reasons cases are continued are rarely disclosed. The court paperwork that is public records simply says a continuance was asked for. Normally, though, it is at the request of an attorney who needs more time to prepare a defense, get witnesses, etc. It's not a conspiracy theory or a failing of the county's judicial system. It's just the way things work. Cases of higher grade felonies are often continued, sometimes several times.

-- Posted by feelingroovy1103 on Thu, Dec 4, 2008, at 7:43 AM

I am assuming it was continued because he filed a motion to dismiss his public just before his pre trial conference. Which the court granted and gave him different public defender. The new PD probably needs time to work on the case. I'm not 100% but that is my guess.


-- Posted by putnammom on Thu, Dec 4, 2008, at 2:24 PM

Putnammom: If you really know Tim French then you would know he is innocent and that Chad and Brandon Buttery were too scared and cowards to step up to the plate. Well, they now have no choice but to stand trial for what they did. Tim French is a good person and a good father and you really don't know him.

-- Posted by drugs killing kids on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 8:07 PM

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