News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 13, 2014

Guilty plea in 2012 corrupt business case

Gun, tools, cash tied to dealings; 5 drug charges still pending

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute man faces a sentence of up to four years after pleading guilty Monday to corrupt business influence and attempted stolen property.

Darrell E. Shouse, 54, will return to Vigo Superior Court 3 on Feb. 24 when defense attorney Darrell Felling will argue for an alternative executive sentence of in-home detention through the Vigo County Community Corrections Program.

The plea agreement was taken under advisement by Judge David Bolk, who ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the county probation department.

Shouse agreed to plea guilty to corrupt business influence, a class-C felony, and to attempted receiving stolen property, a class-D felony, in connection to a 2012 investigation by Terre Haute Police into an illegal enterprise in which merchandise stolen from area stores was purchased for resale.

When police served search warrants on Shouse’s house in the 800 block of Oak Street and at his detailing business in the 900 block of College Avenue, they located electronics, tools, cash, a handgun and documents believed to be connected to Shouse’s allegedly corrupt business dealings.

The plea agreement calls for Shouse to pay restitution of $3,100 owed to THPD for funds invested during the investigation of the case. The state agreed to release Shouse’s vehicle and $3,702 that was seized.

The plea agreement does not resolve another case pending against Shouse.

He was charged in December 2012 with five felony drug-related counts alleging that he sold hydrocodone to a confidential informant on three occasions, and that he maintained a common nuisance on two occasions.