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Judge rejects former prosecutor spokesman's plea

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A Hamilton County judge has rejected the plea agreement of the former public information officer for Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

Mario Massillamany was arrested in March in Hamilton County for drunk driving after he was stopped by police for speeding and driving in the wrong lane. Shortly after his arrest, Massillamany resigned from his position in the prosecutor’s office.

He is charged with two Class A misdemeanors: operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, and operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent to 0.15 or more.

David Riggins of the Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office is the special prosecutor in the case due to Massillamany’s previous employment with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.

A jury trial was scheduled for Oct. 19, but Massillamany entered a guilty plea and agreement Thursday. Riggins said the agreement called for Massillamany to plead guilty to OWI endangering a person, do 150 hours of community service, have a 1-year sentence suspended to 20 days in jail, and have his license suspended for a year. His license is currently suspended.

Hamilton Superior Judge Gail Z. Bardach rejected the plea agreement and restored Massillamany’s not guilty plea. Riggins said the judge said in court she didn’t feel the license suspension was long enough.

The jury trial has been continued to Dec 7 but Riggins said they would continue to work on a plea agreement.

An attorney since 2004, he resigned his prosecutor’s office post immediately following his arrest and the Indiana Roll of Attorneys shows he’s now an attorney with Starr Austen & Miller in Logansport.

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  1. A sad end to a prolific gadfly. Indiana has suffered a great loss in the journalistic realm.

  2. Good riddance to this dangerous activist judge

  3. What is the one thing the Hoosier legal status quo hates more than a whistleblower? A lawyer whistleblower taking on the system man to man. That must never be rewarded, must always, always, always be punished, lest the whole rotten tree be felled.

  4. I want to post this to keep this tread alive and hope more of David's former clients might come forward. In my case, this coward of a man represented me from June 2014 for a couple of months before I fired him. I knew something was wrong when he blatantly lied about what he had advised me in my contentious and unfortunate divorce trial. His impact on the proceedings cast a very long shadow and continues to impact me after a lengthy 19 month divorce. I would join a class action suit.

  5. The dispute in LB Indiana regarding lake front property rights is typical of most beach communities along our Great Lakes. Simply put, communication to non owners when visiting the lakefront would be beneficial. The Great Lakes are designated navigational waters (including shorelines). The high-water mark signifies the area one is able to navigate. This means you can walk, run, skip, etc. along the shores. You can't however loiter, camp, sunbath in front of someones property. Informational signs may be helpful to owners and visitors. Our Great Lakes are a treasure that should be enjoyed by all. PS We should all be concerned that the Long Beach, Indiana community is on septic systems.

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