The Herald Bulletin

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December 20, 2013

Son of Elwood mayor sentenced to prison

Gets 16 months for violating probation

ANDERSON — Tyler Arnold was sentenced to jail time for violation of his probation due to his recent felony charges.

Arnold, the 21-year old son of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold, was arrested in October and charged with five felonies stemming from an incident in which he allegedly shook the two-month old baby of his girlfriend, Kaylee Kelley.

Arnold was charged with three Class B felonies including aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent, a Class C felony for criminal recklessness and a Class D felony, maintaining a common nuisance, drugs.

All this occurred while Arnold was under house arrest and on probation for previous charges. In August he pleaded guilty to three counts of Class C felony fraud and Class D felony theft and was sentenced to 24 months, 18 of which were in-home detention.

He was back in court Friday for a hearing to decide whether the new charges should result in a violation of his sentence. The result of his probation being violated was not an indication of guilt or innocence regarding the felony charges, although Arnold did admit to using marijuana which resulted in a failed drug test while he was on probation.

Arnold's lawyer, Bryan Williams, brought several witnesses to the stand, including Arnold's parents, to try and prove his client was innocent of all charges as they relate to the probation hearing.

Ultimately, Judge David Happe decided not to take the two battery charges and the criminal recklessness charge into account. He said the evidence he had heard during the meeting did not warrant consideration. He did take into account the Class B felony of neglect of a dependent and the Class D felony for marijuana use.

Happe said courts sometimes have flexibility when assigning punishment for probation violations, but when drug use leads to other serious situations that flexibility goes away. He said this was one of those inflexible situations.

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