Jeremy Wall, 36, Osgood, was sentenced Dec. 4 by Ripley Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Sharp to 22 years in the Indiana Department of Correction following his plea of guilty to dealing methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony, and resisting law enforcement, a Level 6 felony, according to a Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office news release.
Wall’s charges stem from a July 31, 2018, incident, when he fled from an officer at a high rate of speed in his vehicle on county roads in the Sunman area. Due to the pursuit’s level of danger, Wall was initially able to evade the officer.
However, during the chase, Wall threw a box out his truck’s window. An officer returned to the area and found that the box contained two baggies of methamphetamine weighing approximately 10 grams, hypodermic syringes and a digital scale. On Aug. 2, 2018, Wall was ultimately located and arrested at a residence in Osgood, where more meth and syringes were found.
Following his arrest, the man admitted that he had been dealing up to an ounce of methamphetamine a day to four or five lower level dealers in the community for about 30 days.
During the sentencing hearing, Ripley County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane Tucker argued for a significant and aggravated sentence. Tucker urged the court to take into consideration Wall’s numerous prior violations, totaling eight felony convictions, seven misdemeanor convictions and three probation violations.
Just months before the commission of the present offense, Wall was released from IDOC and placed on probation after being convicted of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony, in Dearborn County. Further, the chief deputy prosecutor argued that Wall’s repeated conduct of dealing up to an ounce of the illegal drug every day, the fact he was on probation at the time of the offense, and that the defendant had only been out of the Department of Correction for a matter of months before the latest charges warranted a lengthy prison sentence.
During the sentence pronouncement, the judge agreed with the state’s arguments that three factors — Wall’s extensive criminal history, the commission of the offense while he was on probation, and that his repeated dealing of methamphetamine made him a significant county drug source — merited an aggravated sentence.
Prosecutor Ric Hertel stated, “I’m pleased with the outcome of this case and believe justice was served. I hope that this sentence will serve as a clear message that my office will continue to aggressively pursue those bringing drugs into our community.” Hertel thanked the Indiana State Police for their thorough investigation of the case.