Guilty Plea In Fatal Franklin Co. Shootout

Posted On October 23, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Thomas E. Logan. Photo by Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

Update published Monday, October 23:

It was erroneously reported that Thomas E. Logan has pleaded guilty to Reckless Homicide and been sentenced. Logan has only signed a plea agreement with prosecutors, which must still be accepted by a Franklin County judge, in which it is stated he intends to plead guilty.

A plea hearing and possible sentencing are scheduled for future dates.


Original story published Wednesday, October 18:

(Brookville, Ind.) – A Brookville man once charged with murder is pleading guilty to reckless homicide.

Thomas E. Logan, 61, fatally shot David Mantz at Logan’s residence on St. Peter’s Road on April 2, 2016. Both men had been drinking and arguing over money.

Mantz, 55, had first shot Logan, detectives said. Bullet wounds were observed on Logan’s left forearm, his side, and his back.

Logan had initially been charged with Murder, Aggravated Battery, Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Homicide, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and Possession of Marijuana. But prosecutors dismissed those charges last December and introduced a new case against Logan that did not include a Murder charge.

The Brookville Democrat-American newspaper reports that Logan has pleaded guilty to Reckless Homicide (level 5 felony) and Maintaining a Common Nuisance (level 6 felony). Involuntary Manslaughter (level 5 felony) and Possession of Marijuana (class B misdemeanor) charges were dismissed.

Franklin County Circuit Court II Judge Clay Kellerman sentenced Logan to four years with two years suspended to probation.


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