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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Bedford Man Sentenced to 12 Years in the Department of Corrections

LAWRENCE COUNTY - FEBRUARY 16, 2023 - Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Robert Cline sentenced a Bedford man to 12 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

On February 16, 2023 Blake May was sentenced to 12 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the State of Indiana. May was arrested in July of 2022 for Dealing in a Narcotic Drug a level 2 felony, Possession of a Narcotic drug a level 4 felony, and Possession of Marijuana a class A misdemeanor.

“Mr. May accepted the consciences of his action and showed great remorse. Which resulted in the plea agreement that was given to him additionally Mr. May is being given the opportunity to seek out long term sobriety to become a productive member of the community upon his release from Indiana Department of Corrections.” Said Lawrence County Prosecutor Samuel Arp.

On July 13, 2022, at 9:28 pm Oolitic Town Marshall, Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Oolitic Volunteer Fire Department and IU Lifeline Ambulance was called to 221 Hoosier Avenue due to a reported overdose.

When emergency personnel arrived, they found a male unresponsive and not breathing. Emergency personnel performed CPR on the victim and administered Narcan to help save the victim's life.

Oolitic Marshall James Harrington, Lawrence County Police Officers Robin Compton, was the first officers to arrive on the scene. The officers using CPR and Automated Defibrillator was obtained from the police vehicle to help revive the victim.

Lawrence County Deputy Anthony Pope Jr. , Oolitic Volunteer Fire Chief Ted Maze, Assistant Fire Chief Issaac Fender, helped with CPR and administering the NARCAN when the victim regained a pulse.

The victim was transported to IU Health Hospital in Bedford, then transferred by helicopter to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, with the victim still unconscious.

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Upon further investigation from the Oolitic Town Marshal Office with officers James Harrington and Greg Hagan following the incident; it was discovered that the victim purchased Roxicodone from Blake May.

Blake had previous convictions for narcotic drug, two counts of possession of marijuana and he was arrested on Thursday July 14, 2022. Upon serving a search warrant at Blake's residence police found marijuana, and blue pills at his residence.

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