Plea agreement in the Friz’s case reached
Released from Dubois County Prosecutor Anthony Quinn
A plea/sentencing hearing was held Friday morning in Crawford Circuit Court at which time Judge Nathan Verkamp accepted the plea agreement filed with the Court involving both Alan and Aimee Friz. Both parties entered pleas to two counts of neglect of a dependent as level 6 felonies with convictions entered as Class A Misdemeanors. This agreement required the Friz’s to accept some level of responsibility for their actions and will require the Friz’s to be supervised for a period of time.
Although this plea clearly represents a lenient resolution for the defendants in light of the severity of the charges filed against them, this plea was offered with the input of the victim, her guardians, and others working closely with her. Prosecutor Quinn, after a long period of discussion and consultation with the victim, felt it was vital to close this case so that the victim can move forward with her life. “It was a difficult decision to offer this plea, difficult as a prosecutor and for the law enforcement officers who worked hard to build a solid case against the Friz’s. Nevertheless, the case ultimately is about the victim. We felt continuing the trauma she has endured while this case has been pending, and by having to testify to a jury does not serve her best interests,” said Quinn. “ I hope the victim continues to thrive in her new environment and continues on the path of healing.”