Intoxicated Man’s Leap From Cliff, Leaving Kids Alone Brings Five Year Sentence
By Mike Perleberg
(Greendale, Ind.) – Prison time has been ordered for a man who fled police by jumping off a cliff in Greendale.
Matthew Sears, 37, was supposed to be watching his girlfriend’s two children while she went to work. The Lawrenceburg resident left the six- and eight-year-olds alone in a car while he went to drink at a bar on Ridge Avenue last July 11.
When police found the kids unattended and then located Sears walking out of the bar, he fled by jumping off a cliff behind the building. He got away at the time despite being injured in the jump, but was eventually apprehended.
The children told officers that Sears had been drinking the alcoholic beverage 4 Loco prior to driving to the bar.
Sears pleaded guilty on June 11 to a charge of Neglect of a Dependant (Class D felony) and was sentenced by Dearborn Superior Court II Judge Sally Blankenship to three years in prison. A sentencing enhancement for being a Habitual Offender added two more years behind bars.
Sears was given good time credit of 428 days for the time he served in jail.
The sentence will be served consecutive to a sentence Sears was already serving out of Dearborn Circuit Court. In that case, Sears was sentenced to three years in prison for Nonsupport of a Dependent Child (Class C felony).
Sears’ projected release from prison is January 13, 2017, according to the Indiana Department of Corrections.