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Frisbie sentenced to six months at re-entry facility

Friday, January 22, 2010

Mark Frisbie
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Putnam County Sheriff Mark Frisbie appeared this morning in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis to face a charge of federal probation violation.

Frisbie, 39, was on federal probation for a November 2008 conviction on a federal program theft charge when he was arrested in Putnam County on Dec. 4 for operating while intoxicated. Frisbie was stopped on U.S. 231 in Greencastle by Indiana State Police, and was found to have a blood alcohol content of .27 -- over three times Indiana's legal limit.

Judge Larry McKinney sentenced Frisbie to six months with Volunteers of America, a residential, non-profit human services organization based in Indiana. McKinney did not specify which VOA facility -- Indianapolis, Terre Haute or Evansville -- Frisbie would be sent to. He was able to go home from court today, and will be summoned by federal officials when he is to begin serving his sentence.

VOA provides addiction services, correctional residential programs, prison aftercare services and other programs. Residents are required to be at the facility unless they are working or attending classes or church services.

"The agency's largest program supports men and women transitioning from the criminal justice system," information at the VOA Web site said. "The program provides counseling, case management, employment and life skills designed to help these men and women become productive members of the community."

VOA residents are required to maintain employment and comply with all court orders and restrictions attached to their cases.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James W. Warden said he felt "what would be appropriate here would be a modification (to Frisbie's sentence) rather than a revocation."

"We would like to see Mr. Frisbie have a chance to straighten himself out," Warden said. "We think VOA has an appropriate format for Mr. Frisbie."

Frisbie's attorney, Bob Hammerle, said his client had been having personal struggles -- that being unable to find employment and having to move back in with his parents had taken a toll on Frisbie.

"He's got to start looking forward instead of looking backward," Hammerle said.

Hammerle said Frisbie had been attending intensive alcohol counseling -- attending sessions from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. five times a week -- since his arrest in August 2008.

"What we really wanted today was to not interfere with that," Hammerle said.

Hammerle described Frisbie as "a really decent guy who's fallen down the rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland, and has just continued to fall."

McKinney told Frisbie his probation had been put in place "to provide rules and regulations to prevent you from shooting yourself in the foot again."

"To abuse this the way you have is of great concern," McKinney said.

McKinney noted that Frisbie's driving under the influence could have had dire consequences for other people.

"You could have wrapped that truck around a tree or a van with a family in it," McKinney said. "Fortunately, you're not here for anything worse than you are."

McKinney let Frisbie know in no uncertain terms that this was his last chance.

"Now is the time for you to abide by these relatively non-opposing rules," he said. "When you were out serving the public, those were your best days. The idea is to get you back to where you can serve people -- maybe not the public ... that time has passed ... but you can still serve others, including your parents and yourself.

"The question I wrestle with is how to get you back to your better days," McKinney continued. "I think VOA is a better suggestion than you going back to prison for nine months. The object is not to upset the steps forward you may have already taken."

Warden agreed.

"Here's the critical part," he said. "If the judge had revoked him, this would be all done. We feel it is in the best interest of the government -- as well as hopefully in the best interest of Mr. Frisbie -- to keep him under supervision. It gives him a chance to comply with the law."

Warden noted that another violation would send Frisbie back to prison.

"Should that happen, I will come in quickly and ask the judge to put him in jail right then," Warden said.

A trial on the new Putnam County charges is set for April 7 in Putnam County Superior Court. Frisbie is charged with Class A misdemeanor operating with at least .15 grams of alcohol in 210 liters of breath, Class B misdemeanor public intoxication, Class C misdemeanor operating while intoxicated and open alcohol container and driving left of center infractions.

McKinney also noted that Frisbie had paid very little toward the over $11,000 in restitution he had been ordered to make. Warden and Hammerle agreed to put that issue on the back burner until Frisbie could get a job and establish a steady income.

A somber Frisbie was invited to address the court twice during today's proceedings, but declined. The only words he uttered were "Yes, sir" when McKinney asked him if he understood his charges and sentence.

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Again with the slap on the wrist... what does this guy have to do to be held totally accountable for his actions! Welcome to Indiana home of the unjust.

-- Posted by Innocent on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 10:27 AM

This was a sentence handed out by the Federal Court System not the State of Indiana. A convict is a convict and always will be. Don't think that Frisbee will change his ways. He will always be a convicted felon and will act and treat others accordingly. Never trust a convict!

-- Posted by The Great Outdoors on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 11:49 AM

"McKinney also noted that Frisbie had paid very little toward the over $11,000 in restitution he had been ordered to make. Warden and Hammerle agreed to put that issue on the back burner until Frisbie could get a job and establish a steady income."


I'm sure his attorney(s) are getting paid without any trouble.

-- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 11:55 AM

WOW you people amaze me. I bet you set in church ever Sunday, and then leave the chruch and think your better than others all because you went to church on Sunday. It doesn't work that way. You have to live his word. This man I knew from high school and he was very smart. He is just down on his luck and has made bad choices. Prison is not the answer for everything. How bout you people instead of being so judgemental, pray for him and his family that he recover and get on with his life in the way he use to be. A good man! Remember this...how would you feel if you or a family memember just happened to stear the wrong way. Do you want the public bashing you or your family?

-- Posted by northcounty08 on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 12:04 PM

Ease up folks... the man is just as ill as he is twisted. Jail won't help him, but this is a chance to find value in life, relearn to serve others and FINALLY deal with the alcohol issue that has long tormented him. Like him or not Mark is talented and having worked along side him I have seen his compassion for others and his talent. Likewise I have been just as disappointed and angry with Mark. But, let's all take a deep breath, ease up and see where this road goes.....

-- Posted by Seagullslim on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 12:15 PM

Church I didn't read anything about church in any above comments!

Here we go again! What a comparison Alice in Greencastle Land?

I think people are just sick of seeing Justice being so blind over this BS!

Stop spending on Alcohol and legal fees and such, maybe he then could have some cash for restitution.

Is he going to court locally over the DUI????

-- Posted by macvrod on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 12:17 PM


-- Posted by superman9008 on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 1:46 PM

I hope if I get in trouble I get these same judges,proscuters and probation officer.

-- Posted by obeone on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 1:55 PM

I agree with most of the comments because it if were anyone else (I know from experience so don't start that speculation crap) they would have the book thrown at them. I asked for my son to be placed in a facility for rehab over a year ago and Putnam County said they don't provide that. Does this mean they only provide it to CERTAIN people! Yes I am mad especially at everything he has done and got by with it. All my son did was flunk a drug screening and has been in jail for almost a year. He was harassed everyday by the Home Detention officers to make him fail. I am not saying he shouldn't have had punishment. What I am saying is we were not given the opportunity for rehab which we asked the court for. Why is it not equal justice to all no matter who you are????

-- Posted by Confused citizen on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 2:06 PM

I guess it does depend on who you are as to what level of help you get. Probation,CTP,home detention,house arrest are the only programs offered for anyone else.These programs don't offer any help with employment,but employment is expected,good luck with that in Putnam Co.Go out and be a productive part of society they say,but no help or tools to get you there.Again it depends on who you are.

-- Posted by redrose2 on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 2:52 PM

Yes, it does depend on who you are. Everyone acts like that's surprising. Get over it. That's how this world is. Move on. Isn't anyone else getting sick of all of this? He got what he got. The world is like that and no one said everything was fair. It's not. Deal with your own situations and don't worry about someone else's. Hopefully, he will learn and become a better person for it. Revenge, justice, everyone wants it but it doesn't always happen.

-- Posted by bannerstuff on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 4:14 PM

I believe the article was quite clear that this was done in federal Court, not a Putnam county court. Mark has a pending date for the local charges.

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 4:30 PM

I hope Frisbie gets as far away from Putnam County as he can. He has disgraced the county, his family and most of all, himself. I have not seen any sign of remorse for his actions. If he were remorseful, he would not have tried to fight his DWI charge. All I want to see are his tail lights as he leaves the county for the last time

-- Posted by albert on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 4:46 PM

Seriously Greencastle....I'm so sorry your lives are so boring and meaningless out there that your only source of happiness is the dimise of others. People make mistakes every single day, and you know you've all made them too !! Please try to find some hobbies.

-- Posted by mindmyownbusiness on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 4:58 PM

I am so glad that Mark didn't hit my family the night that he was drinking and driving. The court system would of given him no jail time what so ever. What is it going to take for Mark to get his life together and stop getting slaps on the FANNY? To KILL someone's loved one!!!!!!!!!!! Oh wait that's right, he will just have to go back to VOA for a couple of more months. Thanks Mark for you awesome decision making. Keep the wheels turning and see what you can do next that will get another slap on the FANNY.

-- Posted by Mom of Kids on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 6:53 PM

to : mindmyownbusiness ,

i am not sure if you know frisbie or not but he extracted great pleasure for many years causing grief and hardship on many people while himself acting as if he were above the law. me personally i could give a crap one way or the other if he ever becomes a productive member of our community again. go ahead frisbie , drink your troubles away. if you try hard enough you could drink yourself right back into prison. KARMA

-- Posted by A Mad Bovine on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 7:30 PM

I am sickened by the comments that I continue to read on this site. Bitter and mad at the world. The other guy gets all of the breaks. Are your lives so damn pathetic that you can't wait to respond to a story about Mark Frisbie.

Whether you have faith or not, just try to be human for once. It wouldn't matter if he showed remorse, paid back the money and remained sober for the rest of his life - he would never please the people of this community that love to spread their own venom on these pages.

-- Posted by sickand tired on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 7:54 PM

Can't get work, suffering from addiction, in the wrong end of the justice system, has had to move in with his parents, and a huge blogger's bullseye on his back, I can't say that is a slap on the wrist. Doesn't seem like he is free at all.

If he goes to prison, then your tax dollars will feed, clothe, and shelter him. His life would be structured and enriched, probably be doing him a favor.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 8:53 PM

putnam county makes me absolutely sick they also let child molestors go free ... if i live long enough i hope to see changes in this community, these so called so and sos think this is called diversity... laugh laugh

-- Posted by ironmaiden on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 9:59 PM

I think this should been used before he was released to his apt. I am glad to see that he has an opportunity to maybe get this all together. He does not "live" with his parents...He lives in the apt's that his dad owns. I see all these comments and we are all entitled to post because in America it says we are free to do so. People saying get a life and things...You posted too and you read all other 20+ posts so you were obviously curious or interested in this same topic. To the ones that are saying he spent his life messing with others acting like he was so great...Don't we all think we are cruising along and have none of us just fallen on our faces? I have found in my life that the moments I am most judgmental..1. I am there 2. Have been 3. or struggling with my own issues similiar. Let's be thankful that there were not any casualties and then maybe we can focus that this man needs to be able to stand back up. He is not a child molester or a murderer...He took money that was not his and then he turned to self medicating all of the losses he has experienced. All not cool things. I find this all sad. Let us put aside the anger and put our arms out and help this man stand back up and be the best that he can be. If he fails at least we can say we did not kick him while down.

-- Posted by doseofwhatmatters on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 11:48 PM

Why would a Federal Judge and the Assistant US Attorney care what the people on this page think? It isn't about you and you aren't a party to this case. If Mark were your family, you would be thankful this might be his last and only chance for help! You talk about people that go to church but don't step through the door yourself. You are all equally worthless!

-- Posted by indianaresident on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 8:40 AM

I agree with Xgamer. It doesn't make any difference where Mark is, the taxpayers pay the bill. I, for one, would rather pay for him to be in VOA where he will get help for his addiction. Evidently, I was wrong thinking that he had repaid the money he took. He needs to get straight, so that he can get a job and have some money to repay what he took. This is a sad case and the harshness I see in the comments to this article make me sorry for the people that have all that hate pouring forth about Mark.

-- Posted by not gullible on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 10:14 AM

This is a prime example of Money Talks. The classes for the alcoholism probably aren't free or easy to find, the lawyers aren't free or even cheap. Its about what you can pay for and who you know. (if you run to rehab when you've been caught, it always looks good, but you may not be able to afford it)

I've known of the re-entry program to be designed for convicts who are IN prison, and are at the end of their sentence, and are about to get out into the world again. The program reacquaints them with living skills, work, changes in the world, dealing with how the world perceives them..etc. I didn't know it could be an option for violating federal probation. Interesting.

I do not "hate" Mark Frisbie, but I do not think he is better than anyone else. In actuality, he has less excuses for his choices, than most who have "made mistakes" and are in prison. Those in prison can take alcohol/substance abuse classes, and some are ordered to do so. And in reality, if you don't get sober after doing time, its your own fault, and prison isn't uncomfortable enough.

If you go out drinking and driving, when you are on federal probation...you are not fearing any consequences.

-- Posted by Sputty on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 12:18 PM


I certainly never asked you to be sympathetic to Mark's situation. What was asked was for each of us to be a little more human in how we deal with citizens of this community. I also find it ironic that you have no problem with attacking him for doing you wrong; the very thing that you are doing to him now.

He who is devoid of the power to forgive

is devoid of the power to love.

~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) ~

-- Posted by sickand tired on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 8:02 PM

I love how everyone keeps blaming "Putnam County" when this sentence was given in Federal Counrt...

-- Posted by farmers wife on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 12:50 AM

Take heed, hilljacks. Farmer's Wife hit the nail on the head. The best is yet to come.

-- Posted by Billy_Brightside on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 5:23 AM

Pastor...Public debate...Who Cares? I for one could care less what either one of you has to say.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 9:29 PM

Mr. Frisbie and family, You are in my prayers...

-- Posted by countrygirl23 on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 12:36 AM


Please stop. I am not criticizing you, I am pleading with you. The moment you label yourself as "Pastor" you are making yourself a public example for those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ. Using a public forum to openly mock other posters and call others out for a public debate only confirms and intensifies negative public perceptions of all Christians. Please, please, please turn the other cheek, walk the second mile, and consider what impact your posts might have on those who are reading them. After all, they are to know we are His followers by our love, not by our eloquent discourse or need to show others we are right.

-- Posted by cloverfan on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 8:44 AM


don't u think his prayers were answered? come on no time for his crime , driving while drunk , again no time , did he learn? what? please he learned crime pays and if u were an official u will get less or no time.

I have 1 question would you feel the same if he had hit and killed ur family member while driving drunk? we all no he didn't be he possibility was there. Oh I know you would pray for all involeved. It's time to take actions for the criminals of putnam co. wher do you think the x inmates from putnamville corrections make their homes.

quit feeling sorry for the people whom comit the crimes and their familys , the familys r not stupid... oh hunny i have an extra $500. 00 this week. COME ON. Feel sorry for the victims! tax payers!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 8:50 AM

by what i read in the scanner, not everyone believes in mr frisbe either.

how many people got busted my mark (drinking and driving ) got off with a warning? same question but how many in prison?

Seems like alot of people talk about church but how many Hide behind the Word. The devil can quote the Bible.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 9:01 AM

Pastor...I say again I do not care what you have to say.You criticize everyone who does not agree with you.You are a prime example of everything that is wrong with religion today. You see everything in black and white and if it is not in the bible then it's just wrong.1stamendrights was right to call you out for what you are. I was wrong for previous statement in this commentary. I may be interested to hear what he has to say but you...well you just come off as arrogant and condenscending...go read your bible and preach to those who want to hear your ignorance...you call yourself a man of God but you are way less that. Someday you will see the light and truth....when you can think a real thought for yourself...instead if what you are told.

BTW...critizing someone's grammar is ridiculous. It just proves that you have nothing esle worth saying. You are trying a little to hard to find fault with me. You show your true colors when you put down others for things like that.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 9:23 AM

^ THE ALL KNOWING PASTOR, There are a lot of posts on here that do not have perfect grammar.My prior posts are full of grammatical errors. I am aware of this and I could give a flip.Listen to cloverfan....he/she is right.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 10:35 AM

"'citizenoftheworld' has regularly and openly criticized and mocked believers, the Holy Bible etc.; he it was that attacked the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 'citizenoftheworld' has become confederate with those in favor of silencing a Christian voice. "

I take offense at this. I never mocked the so called believers. I never attacked someone for poor grammar. I voiced my opinion as I see it.Just as 1rstadmendrights did.You are the one who chooses to attack and criticize anyone has a different viewpoint.Pull your head out Pastor and come join us in real world...not your world hellfire,damnation and judgement. Not all answers are found in the that book you put so much stock in.....not all who practice a faith outside Christianity are sinners.Where is your GOD when you spew your negativity? I feel sorry for those who choose to follow you. I feel sorry for anyone who uses God as a crutch for nastiness the way you do.I have no interest in silencing the "Christian voice"... good Christians like youself are doing a great job at that on their own. Your kind doesn't need my help to do that.My opinions are not illogical. If you knew an original thought, you might see that.

Not that it matters but I am SHE as opposed to a he. I am sure this will just make me even more ignorant in your eyes. I am also well educated. I know my own mind and can form my opinions without the help of an outdated book. I am sorry you are to weak to find your way out of your own hypocrisy.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 1:43 PM

Abraham Lincoln said, "To sin by silence when men should protest makes cowards of them." I haven't read this quote in the Bible, maybe I missed it so could someone please point me in the right direction. is it in the old or new?

i think everyone has the right to speak up , but some times it's better to SHUT UP! i'm sure there are a couple of people whom like to hear their on voice. I think it says to spread the Word not harp on it.

not everyone believes the same nor should we.

Mr. Frisbee is getting off lightly.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 3:04 PM

Thank you Pastor. I get to go to the banner graphic site every day and get to hear your FREE sermons. The good thing is I get to keep my 10% in my pocket.

-- Posted by whodouthinkur on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 8:17 AM

Who cares?!!? This is his and his family's business. It's no one elses. I agree with everyone who is against bashing him and his family. If this was YOU or YOUR FAMILY, would you ask to go to jail, or ask them to throw a family memeber in jail? My guess would be probably not. I know I wouldn't. Step back and look at the picture. We all agree that he should do something for it, and he is. You never know. At least the State Police officer arrested him, and didn't just let him go, or give him a free ride home. Obviously, it doesn't matter who you are.

-- Posted by tlsb44 on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 4:14 PM

Seriously Banner Graphic...is it really neccessary to show that same picture over and over again? We've all seen it and the only thing you're doing is hurting his family. He is a human being who has a wife and kids and makes mistakes just as we all do.

-- Posted by cds1305 on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 11:04 PM

I stare at this story in complete awe. I simply cannot believe the chances given to him. When I was younger, I got into plenty of trouble with the law and was NEVER given this many chances. He personally showed up at my employment once with Amanda Riley and removed my children because they thought I was using drugs. I REPEAT "thought" He was actually caught under the influence and sent to rehab...POOR BABY! NO POOR COURT! You'll see him again!

-- Posted by Stephie23red on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 11:48 AM

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