Plea Agreement Reached in Michael Loveless Trial

A plea agreement was reached on Tuesday in the trial of Michael Loveless. Loveless had six charges dropped.

Those charges included two counts of rape, two counts of intimidation, one count of criminal confinement resulting in serious bodily injury, and one count of battery resulting in bodily injury.

However, a new charge of criminal recklessness was added. That charge is a level 6 felony.

Loveless entered a guilty plea to the new charge. His attorney Scott Danks said he's working to try to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor.

Loveless will be sentenced on July 10.

Special Prosecutor Stan Levco and Jonathan Parkhurst handled the case with a special elected judge from Warrick County. Levco handles cases as a special prosecutor around the state.

At the time of the alleged incident, Loveless was a firefighter with the Evansville Fire Department. He was immediately suspended without pay on February 23, 2016 – the day of the alleged incident.

However, Fire Chief Mike Connelly had to, by Indiana Code, ask for an indefinite administrative leave without pay. 

The suspension is pending the outcome of this case. The Merit Commission will still need to meet again following his sentencing.


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