Former Police Chief Reaches Plea Deal, Sentenced To Probation
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The former Aurora chief of police has been ordered to serve a year on probation after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.
Bryan Fields, 42, was sentenced in Dearborn Superior Court I on Friday, August 9. In exchange for pleading guilty to a charge of Battery (Class A misdemeanor), prosecutors and the judge agreed to dismiss a second count of Battery and a charge of Domestic Battery (Class A misdemeanor). Fields must also pay court costs and fees.
Fields served two days in jail following his arrest. Judge Jon Cleary credited him for four days good time served.
Under the agreement, prosecutors will not oppose if Fields petitions to have the conviction expunged from his record after 1 ½ years.
The state was represented by a special prosecutor in Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel. Lawrenceburg attorney Robert Ewbank served as the former police chief’s defense counsel.
Fields was arrested on December 15, 2013 after police responded to his Aurora home in reference to an alleged altercation between he, his wife, and two teenage children.
Fields resigned from the Aurora Police Department following his arrest and suspension. He had served with the department for 16 years.