Jackson to be sentenced Jan. 27

Thursday, January 6, 2011

GREENCASTLE -- A Greencastle woman accused of injuring four people during a 2009 bar brawl will be sentenced on Jan. 27.

Treva Jackson, 36, was originally charged with four counts of Class C felony battery by means of a deadly weapon, for which she could have received a maximum sentence of 32 years.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, two of the charges were reduced to Class D felony criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. In exchange for Jackson pleading guilty to those charges, the third and fourth counts will be dismissed.

The charges against Jackson stem from an incident that occurred at Old Topper Tavern in Greencastle on Sept. 19, 2009. Court documents said Jackson got into a verbal argument with another woman at the bar, and the scuffle escalated into a physical fight.

Jackson is alleged to have pulled a knife on the woman, which resulted in injuries to the woman as well as three men who attempted to break up the fight.

Jackson's bond was initially set at $20,000 cash only, but was reduced in October to $20,000 with 10 percent authorized. That amount was posted on Oct. 15, and Jackson was required, as a condition of her bond, to be on electronic home monitoring through Putnam County Community Corrections.

Jackson's lawyer, James Holder Jr. of Bainbridge, filed a motion to have his client released from home monitoring. That motion was denied by Judge Matthew Headley.

Jackson was terminated from Community Corrections in November. Court documents said she had violated the terms of her bond by not paying fees, drinking alcohol and possessing weapons.

Jackson was slated to go to trial on Jan. 19. Before that, she was set for trial several times.

In July, Jackson's attorney filed paperwork indicating that Jackson wanted to enter a change of plea. A month later, Jackson changed her mind and requested that another trial date be set.

Although Headley has taken the plea agreement under advisement, he is under no obligation to accept it. He did allow Jackson to be released from jail, but ordered her to report daily to the Putnam County Adult Probation Department.

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  • Very confusing. If the judge has not accepted the plea agreement why is their a sentencing date. If he does not accept the plea agreement then isn't the defendant able to withdraw her guilty plea?

    -- Posted by exhoosier2 on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 7:11 AM
  • i think she needs mental help, loss of a child is devastating, i dont know her, but i can see how a person could react in such a manner in said situation. I in no way condone her actions, but i think all avenues need explored before throwing away a life.

    -- Posted by undercoverbrother on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 8:41 AM
  • Please Mr/Ms/Mrs Benedick, can we get over the Mark Frisbie deal? You are making comments about someone you don't even know. At least, you can't spell his name right.

    -- Posted by not gullible on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 9:04 AM
  • Yes, let's leave frisbee out of this. I heard that Terry Harrison needs a roommate...

    -- Posted by westforty on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 9:20 AM
  • @exhoosier2: Yes, it can be confusing, but it is standard practice in most Indiana courts. The sentencing date is set so that there is time reserved on the court's calendar and the issue before the court is made clear.

    Also, state law requires a pre-sentence investigation report be completed before sentencing on felonies. Setting the agreement for sentencing gives the probation department time to complete the PSI, which the judge will use to determine whether the negotiated sentence is satisfactory. Elements in the PSI that may guide the judge include such things as criminal history. A judge may reject the plea if the sentence does not seem appropriate in light of the information provided in the PSI.

    If the judge ultimately rejects the plea, there is no need for the defendant to withdraw anything. The proposed agreement has been rejected, the defendant's plea of "not guilty" is reinstated, and the case moves forward without any presumption of guilt. Of course, the prosecutor and defendant could then submit a new proposed agreement for the judge's consideration.

    -- Posted by born_and_raised on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 10:58 AM
  • Wow. That is the only response I can say to whiteboy's very informing and mindless comment. Really? This is what is wrong with our county.

    -- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 8:30 PM
  • No what's wrong with our county is they pick and choose who they want to keep in jail!!!!!!! I mean come on.........

    -- Posted by Angel6019 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 11:28 AM
  • sounds like whiteboy has been in a few brawls before. I wonder on what end, the knife or the chair.

    -- Posted by wrinklenose on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 11:30 AM
  • 'What is wrong with our country' is: It is full of whiteboys who spent their days skipping English class to drink with their thug buddies in rough bars.

    -- Posted by chp on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 12:46 PM
  • Maybe Toppers should hire a 'Cooler.'

    I hear Dalton is available.

    -- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 3:27 PM
  • Whiteboy, for some reason I dont like you. I dont know you, but I dont like you at all. White thugs? Whatever. I hate them by the way. Youre white. Pull up your pants and dont try to impress the cool people. Youre not gonna make friends by pretending youre someone youre not. Cracked up black girl? Are you trying to get beat up? Sounds a little racist to me. From the looks of it if you keep talking youre gonna need a bar stool to keep people off you. Stop acting like a gangsta. Im almost positive youre not. And dont post something for all to see if you cant even spell what youre typing. Sorry to hurt your feelings or **** you or anyone else off. I just love how people get into other peoples business when they have NO IDEA whats going on, n then try to evaluate the situation. From all the information youve given out it seems like youre the reporter on the whole thing and giving everyone tips on how to handle a bar fight. No one cares. **** happens. But not to everyone. No one needs to know what to do in a bar fight situation. We dont need your advice. But thanks for the concern

    -- Posted by logical_mom on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 2:39 AM
  • Are you from Greencastle? Because it sure sounds like youre one of the many boys trying to fit in, yet only to stand out in the crowd by looking like an idiot. Some of them have grown up and realized theyre not black. But not many. Glad you keep the population going though.

    -- Posted by logical_mom on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 8:11 PM
  • Well then you shouldve learned a LONG time ago how to act and how to speak and spell. This goes back to the whole "youre not black" thing. Thats the thing that irks me the most I think. And Im sorry for what happened to your brother but that doesnt mean everytime theres a bar fight you have to have a whole agenda behind how to handle it. The perfect advice for people would be to stay out of the bar and stay away from people who might want to stab you. Thats what I do

    -- Posted by logical_mom on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 11:12 AM
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