Two Operation Big Brother Defendants Plead Guilty Today; One Is Sentenced
JASPER (Local Sources) – The Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office says 25-year old Tasha Freeman of Huntingburg has entered into a plea agreement and was sentenced today in Dubois County Superior Court.
Ms. Freeman was arrested as part of Operation Big Brother on June 5, 2014. Ms. Freeman’s plea agreement called for her to plead guilty to Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Heroin) as a Class B felony. She was sentenced to ten years, with the first seven years being served at the Indiana Department of Correction, followed by the remaining three years being equally split between Work Release and Home Detention.
The plea agreement also called for her to pay $500 in restitution to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Community Strike Fund. Ms. Freeman also pled guilty to additional charges stemming from her June 5 arrest. She entered a guilty plea to Possession of Synthetic Drug and Possession of Paraphernalia charges as Class A misdemeanors. A conviction was entered on these charges, and she was required to pay a fine and court costs as part of the plea agreement.
Another Operation Big Brother defendant, 42-year old Margaret “Faith” MacDonald, also of Huntingburg, pled guilty to Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Class B felony, on June 1, 2015. She is set for sentencing on July 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM. The plea agreement calls for sentencing to be left to the discretion of Judge Mark McConnell, but the maximum sentence Ms. MacDonald can receive is sixteen years executed at the Indiana Department of Correction.
Only four Operation Big Brother defendants still have charges pending at this time – Joseph Christmon, Brock Gill, Ryan Groeschen and Brian Perez. They are all currently set for trial in the coming months. The Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office reminds everyone that the fact that a person has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Dubois County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Beth Sermersheim says to date, sentences imposed in Operation Big Brother cases total 103 years, with 85 years of jail time.