In Newly Discovered Letter, Convict’s Alleged Threats Increasingly Disturbing
By Mike Perleberg
(Dillsboro, Ind.) – A man who has developed a reputation for causing trouble and making threats in Dillsboro is facing new accusations.
Eagle 99.3 has previously told you about Billy Luke’s various run-ins with the law. In July of 2012, Luke was convicted on four counts of Public Indecency for appearing naked in the window of his home to female employees of a neighboring drugstore.
Last August, the 28-year-old was charged with Voyeurism and Criminal Trespass after allegedly climbing a roof to peep through a woman’s apartment window in Dillsboro.
While out of jail on probation in January, Luke allegedly violated protection orders relating to his Public Indecency conviction. He appeared outside his home near the drug store parking lot as the victimized employees went to their vehicles.
In February, a jailhouse snitch told police about admissions Luke had allegedly made to him about various acts of mischief around Dillsboro, including using a paintball gun to fire marbles at the drug store window. He also allegedly voiced a plan to shoot up the Dillsboro Police Department with automatic firearms. The jailmate recorded phone calls with Luke, who was held behind bars at the time. That episode brought charges of Stalking, Criminal Mischief, Attempt to Commit Intimidation, and Attempt to Commit Criminal Mischief.
Luke has remained in jail on a $250,000 surety and $1,500 cash bond for the February allegations. However, that has not stopped him from digging a deeper hole of criminal accusations. On May 20, Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit detectives charged Luke with Intimidation.
According to a court affidavit, a jail officer found a note near Luke’s jail cell on April 23. The letter was given to the person to who it had been addressed: Dearborn County Sheriff Mike Kreinhop.
The letter allegedly contained a number of alarming statements. Detectives said it indicated that some third person or group of persons want Dillsboro Chief of Police Ryan Brandt dead.
“This person or persons wanted to ‘come here last June and put a .308 through (Brandt’s) Kevlar vest,’” Luke’s letter read, according to the affidavit. “One section states that ‘Ryan Brandt is not safe’ and that he has cost Billy Luke’s employer over $100,000.00 and that ‘Ryan Brandt’s life is not even worth $5’ to Billy Luke’s boss and that it mathematically makes sense for Billy Luke’s boss to ‘eliminate the problem.’”
Luke’s prose went on to allegedly state to the sheriff that “I cannot guarantee the safety of your officers at this point. It’s out of my reach.”
Calling himself “The Political Prisoner of War” in his signature line, Luke referenced other local officers in the letter. He allegedly stated that “their treachery will not go unpunished” and that “really bad people know where they all live.”
Luke also wrote that he would remedy the “corrupt police in Dillsboro by all means necessary” and that he is “above the law in Dearborn (County).” He goes on to admit committing “12 or 13 class A misdemeanors.”
In their affidavit, detectives noted from a prior investigation that Luke had told the same jailmate from the February accusations that he had attempted to blow up a pipe bomb connected to a propane tank at Brandt’s home at some time in the past.
Luke made his initial appearance in Dearborn Superior Court I on the new Intimidation charge on May 23. He was ordered held on yet another bond of $2,500 cash and $200,000 surety. A pretrial hearing is set for June 25 and a jury trial is scheduled for October 20.