Wade files for change of sentence

Friday, December 11, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- The attorney for a Greencastle woman currently serving prison time for a theft conviction has filed a petition for sentence modification on behalf of his client.

Darrell E. Felling filed the petition for Tamera S. Wade, 46. Wade was convicted of Class D felony theft and sentenced last December to a 2 1/2-year sentence, 18 months of which was to be served on home detention.

A petition to revoke Wade's probation was filed on June 10 by Putnam County Community Corrections. That petition said Wade had committed various violations of the terms of her home detention, beginning on Jan. 20.

Wade was held without bond in the Putnam County Jail until a fact-finding hearing on July 22. The court reinstated the entirety of Wade's sentence, giving her credit for 86 actual days.

Wade was transferred to the Madison Correctional Facility. Her earliest possible release date is listed on the Indiana Department of Correction Web site as Sept. 8, 2010.

Felling's petition said Wade has completed a variety of classes and workshops while in prison.

"The defendant hereby requests that the court set this petition for hearing as soon as possible and allow the defendant to present evidence regarding sentence modification," the petition said. "The defendant is requesting that the balance of her executed sentence be modified or reduced."

Felling noted that Wade is contrite.

"It is noteworthy that Tammy does now, more than ever before, recognize the impact of her prior criminal behavior upon her family, friends, the victim and the entire community," the petition said. "Tammy believes this incarceration to date has sufficiently rehabilitated herself such that she can and will always hereafter be a good, law-abiding citizen."

Wade has been approved for work released in Hendricks County.

Also filed with the court were letters from family members and friends of Wade. The letters all said Wade's absence has been a financial hardship on her family and has caused emotional strain on her 10-year-old son.

The state has filed an objection to the petition for sentence modification. No hearing dates have been set.

Wade was arrested in September 2008. She admitted to stealing over $130,000 from former employer, Edward Wood & Co. in Greencastle, over a four-year period.

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  • In my opinion she should finish her full sentence

    IN JAIL. In my opinion she got a VERY light sentence.

    -- Posted by Old Man on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 2:28 AM
  • I imagaine it has been a financial hardship on her family .Gees an extra 130,000 would make a difference in the household income.

    -- Posted by millie09 on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 6:19 AM
  • She should have thought about her family when she was violating her home detention. She was given a gift by being allowed to serve home detention in the first place and she threw that away. Sorry, jail is the only place for her now.

    -- Posted by scarlett39 on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 6:38 AM
  • what ever happened to the thing where if you took a plea agreement that there was no modifications generally..color stupid but i think the plea was a why for two sides to win the case now it seems as though she ants to go back on her contract with the court.. just me.. but heck who knows around here

    -- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 7:47 AM
  • So can anyone who sits in prison now come back and say, "Oh I have been rehabilitated?" Should she be able to judge herself and use that as an excuse to get out? Just wondering.

    -- Posted by whodouthinkur on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 8:00 AM
  • Has this woman paid Edward Wood & Co back for the money she stole? I bet not.

    -- Posted by not gullible on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 8:40 AM
  • HARDSHIP??What about the people she stole from? She sure knows how to talk the talk...too bad she can't walk the walk...the hardship is on her, the kids seem fine, she just doesn't get to see them every day...guess that would be her fault. Should have thought about it before she lied a thousand times and walked around at events while she was on home detention like she was the Queen Bee and hadn't done anything wrong. Make her complete her ENTIRE sentence IN MADISON, why should she be given ANOTHER break when she messed up the first one?

    -- Posted by quags on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 8:50 AM
  • It was SHE who should have thought about the impact stealing a large amount of money would have on her family. Maybe if she would have thought about her family BEFORE she stole the money, she would not have done the crime!

    -- Posted by nikkilpn on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 9:37 AM
  • Hereitis, I assume "the kids seem fine." comment you made was based on you having contact with the them. It would be interesting for you to perceive such a thing, when you actually have no idea at all. I realize this article being open for discussion entitles anyone and everyone to represent his or her opinion. I just ask that the comments remain directed towards the thesis of the article not statements regarding two children whose mother has been taken away from them. Therefore as a dear friend to the two boys I ask you to please refrain from making assumptions on the child's behavior just because you feel like it, and just because you feel confident in your ever so intelligent mind to make things up. I'm so glad our court system falls back on multiple decisions otherwise, know it all pieces of crap like yourself would actually have a say. Waste your time elsewhere.

    -- Posted by melk on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 11:32 AM
  • to Melk

    she was not taken away, she walked away. She thought of herself only. She needs to stay where she is. She isn't exactly a roll model is she???

    -- Posted by breezyville on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 11:58 AM
  • We should leave family members out of comments. She did this to herself she is responsible for her incarceration no one else!

    -- Posted by hardtobelieve on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 12:35 PM
  • Melk,

    for you to say that she was taken away is quite laughable. She chose to do what she did. The children and the rest of her family have no one to blame but her. You are making her out to the victim (which she is not). Be mad at her, not the people commenting on this article.

    -- Posted by girlmd on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 1:21 PM
  • to bad she wasn't the former public offical, she would be out by now breaking the law again. what's good for them should be good for the towns people

    -- Posted by Sand mann on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 2:10 PM
  • Someone who has already violated an opportunity for home detention should not even be considered for early release. She should remain in jail until her sentence is completed, then she should be made to pay full restitution to her former employer.

    -- Posted by ursula on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 3:48 PM

    -- Posted by S B on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 6:31 PM
  • Anyone ever heard the saying, "there but for the Grace of God go I"? True...this person committed a crime. When you are convicted of a crime you must do your time. In committing this crime she negatively affected the lives of many..especially the children involved.

    My thoughts..she should serve her full sentence. While she is incarcerated she can turn her life

    around by asking God for forgiveness and accept-

    Jesus Christ as her savior, Thereby demonstrating

    to her children and loved ones how life can be


    -- Posted by mothersue on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 7:45 PM
  • For some reason, the "christian town" of Greencastle won't be satisfied until they have drawn the last drop of blood from Tammy. No one seems to think that their might have been an underlying problem, but her husband and the two sons have suffered terribly from all of your stinging remarks. Those three are innocent of any wrong doing, yet have been falsely accaused.

    If you choose to sling mud my way, have the courage to say it to my face, and not behind your anonymous identies. I am her husband's father Jim, and live s. of cloverdale.

    -- Posted by newton on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 8:48 PM
  • To Newton: I would speak directly to your face, but I no longer reside in Putnam County, nor do I know you or Tammy.

    I find your comments about the people of Greencastle as very offensive...some of those residents are my family. I can't understand your pain...I have not had a similar experience in my family. But you call it mud slinging...I disagree. People of Greencastle are understandably angry when they are victims of crime. Your relative committed a crime against them. She stole money that they worked very hard to earn. I've read many of the posts about her and the other thieves in recent articles...and I can't recall anyone "slinging mud" at the families of the criminals. I'm sorry for your situation...but I beleive the anger is directed toward Tammy. It's too bad that she brought this shame to her family. Shame on her.

    -- Posted by ExHoosier on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 9:29 PM
  • The punishment coming from these comment blogs sometimes far outweighs the punishment recieved from the justice system.

    It has always been possible to cross lines with our comments, and it has plenty in the past. The so-called "Christians" of Greencastle aren't slinging the mud, "Christian Wannabe's" maybe, but not true Christians by definition. And yes, as long as there are stories about Tammy printed, there are going to be people going for blood. Just like they do Mindy Fenwick, Ms Mitchner, Mark Frisbie, etc.

    As for ExHoosier, I laugh when you say you would speak directly to Mr Wade's face! I'm not sure what you have to say, but I know you would not insult his kids or grandkids to his face. He is a proud man who has the freedom to read, not read, comment or not comment on this blog just like you and I. He is also human, and has heard (read) enough insults to make anyone upset. Obvioulsy, he's had enough and ready to take on the trash talk in person.

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Sat, Dec 12, 2009, at 5:37 AM
  • Since when do the offenders get to decide when they have been rehabilitated? Why not just leave the cell doors and prison gates unlocked so they can leave when they feel they have served long enough? Sure would solve all of that prison overcrowding! Ludicrous.

    -- Posted by Geologist on Sat, Dec 12, 2009, at 7:36 AM
  • she should serve the complete amount of her sentence....and i bet her family miss her absence and financial contribution..after all she did provide quite a bit of income to them via stolen money.....

    -- Posted by aemommy on Sat, Dec 12, 2009, at 9:06 AM
  • Well with the citizen of the year from Greencastle is up for grabs. I think we have it here with these nominees of Tammy Wade, Mindy Fenwick, Ms Mitchner, & Mark Frisbie. I will make the 1st vote for Mark after all he really didn't receive very much money like the others and he was a politician and sheriff and served this community. See you in January at the dinner.

    -- Posted by macvrod on Sat, Dec 12, 2009, at 11:19 AM
  • Xgamer...keep laughing. There isn't anything funny about any of this.

    What you may not have understood....what I posted was what I would say to his face, because, as I said...I do not know him, and no longer live in Putnam County. I did not insult him or his children! You may need to re-read my post if you think I did. I simply told him I was offended by his comments..."For some reason, the "christian town" of Greencastle won't be satisfied until they have drawn the last drop of blood from Tammy". How is it that the "Christian town" is at fault here? Yes, you should laugh.

    -- Posted by ExHoosier on Sat, Dec 12, 2009, at 2:48 PM
  • I'm typing as slow as I can for those who can't read so fast.

    One of my comments was meant towards Mr. Wade, simply telling him that the people who are slinging mud aren't Christains- because "Christians" don't sling mud that is thrown here.

    His comment about the Greencastle people are not the whole population, just the trash talkers who carry on too far. (Are these folks your family?)

    The humorous part is anyone actually wanting to talk the trash to his face over these continuous articles about his daughter-inlaw. Think about it. If you still can't understand, and still feel offended, have someone else read the comments to you. There are probably members of the Fenwick or Frisbie family that share the same frustration.

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Sun, Dec 13, 2009, at 1:23 PM
  • i think they should lesson her sentence or let her finish on house arrest. i was bunkies with her for 2 months and she is very sorry. you people are hilarious!!! you have nothing better to do then punk on tammy when mr. "frisbie" should be the talk. now thats funny, he is the one that should have to do his sentence, if it had been someone like you or i we would have. headley has been really hard on people and thats not gonna win him any brownie points for the election, because there are so many families suffering because of his rulings on there family members. "I LOVE YOU TAMMY"!!! YOU KNOW WHO THIS IS I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON.

    -- Posted by haveaheartpeople on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 8:23 PM
  • sorry but I don't think a Judge is handing out sentences based on his re-election back into office. I think he has been in the Hot Seat for not being more harsh in is decisions?

    Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong!

    -- Posted by macvrod on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 10:22 PM
  • There are so many people in our small county getting busted for stealing. It must be in the water.

    Xgamer, these people in question cause this and they are the one bringing it on the family. Remember if they wasn't a thief Wade, Fenwick, Frisbee they wouldn't be in the paper or jail. Some get less time but still thief.

    -- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 9:03 AM
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