Johnson County Prosecutor's Office

  • Agency: Johnson County Prosecutor's Office
  • Address: 1 Caisson Drive, Suite A, Franklin, 46131 IN
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Phone: 317.346.4525
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Johnson County Prosecutor's Office is located at 1 Caisson Drive, Suite A, Franklin, 46131 IN. The Johnson County Prosecutor's Office phone number is 317.346.4525.

Johnson County Prosecutor's Office News

Today the Johnson Co. Prosecutor's Office along with the Johnson Co., Morgan Co., Marion Co. Sheriff's Departments; Greenwood, Franklin, Bargersville, New Whiteland, Edinburgh, Prince's Lake, State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Departments; and US Marshall's Service began serving 120 sealed arrest warrants for drug dealing.

Reese Keith was found guilty today of Burglary Resulting in Bodily Injury, a Level 1 Felony; two counts of Armed Robbery, a Level 3 Felony; two counts of Criminal Confinement with a Deadly Weapon, a Level 3 Felony; Auto Theft, a Level 6 Felony; and being a Habitual Offender. Keith faces 26 to 126.5 years in prison when he is sentenced July 11, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

As National Crime Victims’ Rights Week comes to an end we would like to thank you for following our posts to heighten awareness of victims’ rights and services. We strive to better the criminal justice system experience for the victims of all crimes by providing information and support. We have highlighted victim services for Murder, Child Crimes, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. The purpose of this final post for the week is to give attention to a few more areas significantly impacting our county such as Drunk Driving, Theft, Robbery, Burglary, Elder Abuse, Fraud, Battery and Property Damage - all leaving victims to deal with the loss incurred due to Defendants’ criminal choices and actions. The Johnson County Prosecutor's Office desires to see justice served for the benefit of the residents and businesses of Johnson County…YOU! The goal of the Victims Assistance Program is helping victims understand and exercise their rights so they are empowered to use their voice within the criminal justice system. Remember, you too can #bethevoice!

The Domestic Violence SVU has one ultimate goal…to Break the Cycle of Violence! This pursuit is to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes of violence. In 2017 alone there were over 500 domestic related cases submitted from local law enforcement. We strive to assist the victims/survivors through the criminal justice process with fairness, dignity and respect. We are involved with the Johnson County Domestic Violence Task Force Team, this team is a collaboration of different entities in Johnson County aimed at addressing domestic violence for the families that live it. This task force meets on regular basis to keep up with new laws, educational seminars, and to bring community awareness and plan for upcoming events that the team participates in. #BreaktheCycle

Community Leaders Meet to Discuss Opioid Epidemic: Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper met with Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, and Major Duane Burgess of the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office discuss the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities April 10, 2018. Also pictured is Jeff Cardwell.

The Special Victims’ Unit of Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office is working hard to support victims of child abuse and sex crimes. During the past two years, sex offenders and offenders of crimes against children have been convicted and sentenced to over 300 years. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, and community victim service providers spend countless hours supporting victims through the criminal justice process and ensuring that they understand and have an opportunity to exercise their victims’ rights. #NationalCrimeVictimsRightsWeek

Meet Nook, our 3 year old facility dog that came to us from the Indiana Canine Assistance Network (ICAN), the only accredited service dog training program in Indiana. Nook works with victims of violent crime at the Prosecutor’s Office and also with children in the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). He has provided support and comfort to victims aged 8 to 88. Nook is an immeasurable asset to our Special Victims Unit. With continued training, our desire is to have Nook support victims as they testify in the courtroom. Since 2016 over 400 children have been interviewed at the Johnson County Child Advocacy Center. At the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), law enforcement officers, child protection workers, prosecutors, and advocates work together to conduct interviews and they make team decisions about the investigation and prosecution of abuse cases. Children and families are also referred to services for counseling, support, and advocacy. Nook can often be found providing support while sitting with victims in the CAC during their interviews. #NationalCrimeVictimsRightsWeek

Twenty years ago Johnson County, Indiana was shaken by the reality of a Franklin College student being abducted, raped, and murdered. Today is dedicated to the memory of Kelly Eckart, a beautiful young lady who’s life was cut entirely too short. The theme for Tuesday, April 10 is proclaimed as #NeverForgotten. Today we honor those we love and deeply miss due to the actions and choices of those that will remain nameless, in the shadows as we exercise our “Right to Remember” during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Please take a moment to honor those to whom honor is due, those lives that have been cut entirely too short by acts of violent crime in Johnson County. Kelly’s Mom, Connie Sutton, and brother, Chris Eckart, continue the journey of dealing with their tremendous loss while purposing to keep Kelly’s memory alive! #NeverForgotten

April 8-14, 2018 has been officially proclaimed as Crime Victims' Rights Week for Johnson County by Prosecutor, Bradley D. Cooper. We are joining the National initiative to heighten awareness during this week. Watch for our daily Facebook posts highlighting certain areas of service.

Local Judge overturned by Appellate Court In early 2017 Alan Jenkins, 52 of Greenwood, petitioned the court to modify his sentence from a 2004 conviction of two counts of A-Felony Child Molest. After a hearing in April 2017 Judge Kevin Barton, Johnson County Superior Court One, granted the defendant’s motion over State’s objection and reduced his sentence by 15 years. The Attorney General on behalf of the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office appealed Judge Barton’s ruling arguing that the judge had no authority to modify a sentence imposed as part of a fixed-term plea agreement. In February 2018 the appellate court agreed with the state and indicated, ”We… reverse the order of the trial court and remand with the instructions to impose the agreed-upon sentence.” With the ruling of the Appellate court, Judge Barton will reinstate and the defendant will be required to serve the entire 65 year sentence.

Jamison Hendley (25), who pleaded guilty as charged to battery on his two month old daughter, Braelyn, causing her death, was sentenced to 25 years, 23 of which will be served in prison. Hendley grew angry at his child, shook her and threw her across the room, striking a chair and falling onto a hard wood floor. Hendley then attempted to cover up his crime by not calling for help, lying to his girlfriend (Braelyn's mother), not assisting in Braelyn's medical treatment and lying to detectives until his story was disproved by physical evidence. Further, there was evidence of previous bruises from Hendley on Braelyn. Prosecutor Cooper argued for a maximum sentence of 30 years because "Hendley was in the ultimate position of trust and he betrayed that trust by shaking and throwing Brealyn, causing her death by blunt force trauma to the brain...Hendley may not be the worst person to come before the court, but his actions and the result are amongst the worst that could ever come before the court, and for that, Hendley deserves a maximum sentence." With a potential maximum of 30 years in prison, Superior Court 2 Judge Peter Nugent sentenced Hendley to 25 years in prison, 2 years of which will suspended to probation.

This week’s Monday’s Most Wanted is Timothy P. McQuade a white male, 5’10”, 168 lbs. hazel eyes and brown hair. McQuade is wanted for failure to appear in court with a $4,000 cash only bond, he is currently $44,000 in arears on child support. If anyone has any information as to his whereabouts, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

This Monday’s Most Wanted is Dustin Hanshew a white male, 5’6”, 130 lbs., brown hair, and hazel eyes. Hanshew is wanted for failure to appear in court with a $1,000 cash only bond. He is currently $10,399.11 in arrears on child support. If anyone has any information as to his whereabouts, contact your local law enforcement agency.

This week’s Monday’s Most Wanted is Jerry C. Buck, a white male, 250 lbs., 5’8”, green eyes, and brown hair. Buck currently is wanted for failure to appear in court with a $600 cash only bond warrant. He is currently $5,278 in arears in his child support. If anyone has any information as to his current whereabouts, contact your local law enforcement agency.