From: Batesville Police Department and Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office
PRESS RELEASE: STATE V. BERNICE KERSEY
On October 2, 2017, Bernice Kersey, 41-years-old, of Batesville, IN, was sentenced to 8 years in the Department of Corrections with 3 years suspended to probation for the possession of multiple controlled substances with the intent to deliver those substances only feet from Liberty Park in Batesville, IN. Prior to the Sentencing Hearing, Kersey plead guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 500 feet of a Public Park.
The case stemmed from a traffic stop conducted by the Batesville Police Officer Travis Cook of Kersey’s vehicle at the intersection of Park Ave. and Western Ave. While the officer was pulling Kersey’s vehicle over, she tossed a cellophane wrapper from her vehicle that the officer was quickly able to recover and identify as illegal controlled substances. After making contact with Kersey, he discovered additional illegal controlled substances within Kersey’s purse. Officer Cook then questioned Kersey about the illegal controlled substances where Kersey then admitted that she was on her way to sell them to an individual who lived on Park Ave.
At the sentencing hearing, the State of Indiana was represented by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane Tucker and Bernice Kersey was represented by John Dorenbusch.
The Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office complemented the Batesville Police Department for their thorough and complete investigation and their continued dedication to investigating drug crimes.