Attack On L’burg Officer Brings 22-Year Sentence
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A 22-year prison sentence is given to a man who had been accused of attempted murder on a police officer.
Joseph S. Schuler, 28, of Lawrenceburg, was arrested last November charged with Attempted Murder (Class A felony) and several other charges.
On May 19, Schuler reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to an amended charge of Attempt to Commit Aggravated Battery (Class B felony) along with counts of Criminal Confinement (Class C felony), Strangulation (Class D felony), and Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury (Class A misdemeanor). Remaining counts were dismissed, according to the sentencing order.
Judge James Humphrey sentenced Schuler to 22 years in prison and six years on probation. Schuler was given credit for 386 good times days served in jail following his arrest.
According to a previous Eagle 99.3 report, Lawrenceburg Police Officer Morgan Hedrick responded to a report of Schuler battering a woman at a home on Randy Avenue on November 3.
Schuler was behaving erratically as Hedrick arrived at the scene. When the officer approached Schuler, he began to strike the officer, threatened to kill him, and attempted to take the officer’s gun. Additional officers arrived and restrained Schuler.
Hedrick was injured in the altercation. He was treated and released at Dearborn County Hospital.
The judge took Schuler’s past history into consideration in rendering the sentence. In 2008, Schuler was ordered to serve 2 ½ years behind bars for a Battery conviction in Dearborn County. That was followed by multiple probation violations. He was convicted of Obstruction of Justice in Dearborn County in 2012 and was ordered to serve 1 ½ years.
The Indiana Department of Corrections lists Schuler’s earliest possible prison release date as November 3, 2024.
Prior to last month’s plea agreement, Humphrey sought to determine if Schuler was competent to stand trial. After sessions with two psychologists, they determined he was.
One other point of Schuler’s sentence is that he is to have no contact with Officer Hedrick.
The woman who was allegedly battered by Schuler prior to the police altercation asked Humphrey to dismiss a protective order against Schuler. The judge granted her request.