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Linton Firefighter Sentenced After Changing Plea

Last updated on Monday, January 21, 2013

(BLOOMFIELD) - Kent “Opie” Wall, a Linton firefighter who was charged with a felony last summer, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in Greene Superior Court and was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail, with all of it suspended.

Anna Rochelle of the Greene County Daily World reports that Wall signed a negotiated plea agreement earlier this month.

The case against Wall, filed on July 19, 2012 following an incident on July 9 on Richard Lake in Greene Sullivan State Forest, charged him with two criminal counts: Count 1 was intimidation involving a threat communicated to a law enforcement officer, a class D felony, and Count 2 was intimidation involving a threat made to another with the intent that they engage in conduct against their will, a class A misdemeanor.

Under the terms of the negotiated plea agreement, both of those counts have been dismissed and Wall plead guilty to trespassing, a class A misdemeanor.

In addition to the suspended sentence, Wall was ordered to serve 60 hours of community service and pay a $35 fine plus court costs.

He will be on probation for 180 days on several terms and conditions including: While on probation, Wall may not carry or use a firearm or ammunition, and he may not operate a "SeaDoo" or similar watercraft, or allow the same to be operated, on Richard Lake.
Wall owns part of Richard Lake and other sections are owned by the State of Indiana and by Alvin and Doris Clark.

Wall was also ordered have no contact with the Clarks, and a protective order was issued by the court.

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