Suspect in drug investigation makes open plea

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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A man accused of being at the center of a drug investigation will face a judge on Wednesday for sentencing.

Thomas Sayre will be sentenced for his role involving money stolen from law enforcement officials, according to 24-Hour News 8 partners at The Shelbyville News.

The Shelby County Deputy Prosecutor Brad Lanwerlen says Sayre gave an open plea.

“An open plea means the judge will determine the sentence, just as if we’d gone to trial and won. The sentencing range for a Class C felony is 208 years,” Landwerlen told The Shelbyville News.

Sayre is accused of selling marijuana to an officer via Facebook then fleeing with the money. The meet was set up for the officer to purchase five pounds of marijuana for $5,000 at a Marathon gas station.

After receiving the money Sayre fled the scene. Police arrested Sayre shortly after the chase. Sayre admitted to the crime and that his plan was to steal money the whole time. He also told police he had done this before.

Sayre could face up to 208 years in jail for the crime. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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