2021 drug case ends in 12-year term following plea deal


Brandon N. Parsley, 41, Fortville

HANCOCK COUNTY — A drug case from 2021 where a Fortville man was accused of selling methamphetamine was settled late last week in Hancock County Superior Court 1 via a plea agreement.

Brandon N. Parsley, 41, Plainfield Correctional Facility, was originally charged with a Level 2 felony count of dealing methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony count of operating a vehicle after being identified as a habitual traffic offender, a Level 6 felony count of invasion of privacy as well as four different misdemeanors and a Class C infraction from an incident in March of 2021.

The plea deal was officially accepted by Senior Judge Barbara Crawford in Superior Court 1 on Thursday and called for Parsley to admit guilt to a lesser Level 4 felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a Class B misdemeanor count of false informing. The rest of the remaining charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Court records show Parsley was given a 12-year total term with six years to be executed in the Indiana Department of Corrections and six years suspended with two of those years suspended to probation and a condition of probation being one year to be served on home detention. He was also given 180-day term for the misdemeanor charge, which will run concurrently with the larger sentence. Parsley was given credit for 574 of actual days already served and 191 good time credit days.

According to a probable cause affidavit Parsley, who lived at 600 block of North Madison Street, Fortville, was pulled over March 6, in Fortville after police ran a check on a license plate of the car he was driving. The officers learned that the owner of the vehicle, a woman, had a warrant out for her arrest, so they pulled the vehicle over.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Parsley was driving the vehicle, and the woman was the passenger. The trouble began when Parsley falsely identified himself as his younger brother, the affidavit said.

The woman had a protective order out against Parsley, the affidavit said. She told officers Parsley threatened to “knock her teeth out” and told her, “Shh, don’t say anything” as he was being pulled over, the affidavit said.

Upon the search of the car, officers found Parsley’s proper identification as well as a quantity of a crystalline substance, pills and a leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The search also turned up drug paraphernalia and a digital scale, the affidavit said.

The crystalline substance, which was determined to be methamphetamine, weighed 16.3 grams, the affidavit said. The woman told police Parsley had been dealing drugs shortly before being pulled over and was on his way to another drug sale when officers stopped him.

A look at Parsley’s state records show he has at least a dozen criminal cases dating from as far back as 2006.