JURY CONVICTS MAN IN BATTERY, INTIMIDATION TRIAL
OGANSPORT – Noah Schafer, the Cass County Prosecuting Attorney, announced that Terry Bever was found guilty by a six-person jury of felony battery on a public safety official, intimidation, and disorderly conduct in a verdict rendered Tuesday evening. That same jury also found Bever was a habitual offender.
The conviction followed a one-day trial in which the jury heard evidence that on November 25, 2020, Bever assaulted a community corrections employee by threatening to kill her and throwing a shower caddy at her. The entire incident was captured on surveillance video.
Bever took the stand in his own defense and admitted guilt for the battery and disorderly conduct. He claimed not to have threatened to kill the victim. After being found guilty of all charges, a second trial was held to determine whether or not Bever had committed three, prior unrelated felonies. The jury ultimately determined that he had and found Bever guilty of being a habitual offender as well.
Bever is scheduled to be sentenced on November 4, 2021 at 3 p.m. Bever faces anywhere from three years to ten and one-half years of incarceration.
Deputy Prosecutors Coleman Beckley and James Hildebrand presented the case for the State of Indiana. Prosecutor Noah Schafer said of the case, "Participation in community corrections in lieu of incarceration is a privilege for well-behaved defendants who are working towards rehabilitation. Violence and threats against law enforcement and community corrections staff is a breach of the trust we place in participants, and will not be tolerated. We're grateful for the work community corrections does, and for the job the jury did in listening to the evidence and reaching their conclusion."