Former Hamilton County magistrate sentenced to year of probation in drug case

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A former Hamilton County magistrate has been sentenced for possession of methamphetamine and resisting law enforcement after accepting a plea agreement in early August.

Special Judge Thomas R. Lett sentenced William Greenaway Sept. 24 to one year of probation for both counts to be served concurrently. He also ordered Greenaway to pay $435 in court costs and fees and complete a drug/alcohol evaluation. The plea agreement included the court dropping a third count of obstruction of justice.

“Mr. Greenaway was pleased the court entered judgment of conviction as misdemeanors and not felonies, and he was pleased he has the opportunity for probation,” said Rodney Sarkovics, an attorney who represented Greenaway.

Greenaway, a Noblesville resident, was arrested March 20, 2019, by the Indiana State Police after purchasing 2.4 grams of meth for $140 from a police informant, according to an affidavit.

Detectives used covert video and audio recording devices to monitor the drug exchange, according to the affidavit. Police confronted Greenaway after it was complete. When he saw the officers heading toward him, Greenaway swallowed the bag of drugs. An officer attempted to force the magistrate’s mouth open, but he did not comply and bit the officer on the hand.

After the incident, Greenaway was suspended from his position as a Hamilton County magistrate.


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