By Dave Pearce
According to information released from Posey County Prosecutor Travis Clowers, 26-year-old rural Posey County resident Brandon McManomy will not be free again for a very long time.
At a well-attended sentencing hearing on Friday, he was sentenced to 38 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. Theat is compounded by the fact that he is currently serving a 15-year sentence as the result of a conviction in Kentucky. The sentences will not run concurrently.
“We had oveer 60 uniformed officers who attended to show support for Deputy Montgomery and Trooper Compton,” Clowers said. “Law enforcement, especially in Posey county, is a close-knit community and each one of those officers knows that when their fellow officers put on their uniforms at the beginning of their shift, they face real dangers every day.”
Clowers went on to say that thiws was a very tough situation for Montogomery and Compton and not a day goes by that they don’t think about the actions of that day and the injuries that were sustained.
In December, McManomy was convicted of attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and resisting law enforcement.
McManomy was represented by Boonville attorney Mark Phillips.
“In a small community like ours, you don’t see these types of things happen every day but throughout the country, it does happen,” Clowers said.
The seemingly routine arrest warrant was being served in rural northeastern Posey County in early 2011 when things went very wrong.
“One of the disappointing things about this sentencing hearing was members of the family who testified and there were a lot of personal attacks on the officers and how they handkled the situation,” Clowers said. “But in reality, the officers are the true heroes in this situation. They ultimatel;y saved his life after they took the knife away from him.”
McManomy was facing multiple charges in Kentucky and apparently stabbed himself when Posey County deputy sheriff Dan Montgomery and Indiana State Police Officer Kylen Compton entered the home to serve the arrest warrant.
McManomy was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter for treatment of serious injuries. Montgomery suffered a cut to the face in the incident that occurred at 1:30 p.m. Montgomery was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville and received some 36 stitches to his face and throat area.
Indiana State Police Information Officer Todd Ringle indicated that when the officers arrived, the father of the suspect gave the officers access to the home.
“The father told the officers that the suspect was downstairs so the officers went downstairs to confront the suspect,” Ringle explained. “As soon as the officers got downstairs, they knew that the suspect did not want to go to jail. They were about 10 feet away and explained to the subject that they couldn’t go away and that they had to take him to jail. At that point, the suspect grabbed a knife that he had on his possession. The knife was about four inches in length. He began to stab himself in the throat area. He stabbed himself multiple times in the throat area.”
Ringle went on to say that Montgomery used a Taser on McManomy, and he went down immediately and the officers approached the suspect to take him into custody. However, he still had the knife in his hand and kept swinging the knife. The blade of the knife contacted Montgomery in the face and McManomy was Tased a second time.
At that point, he was taken into custody and an ambulance was called for Montgomery and a helicopter was called to transport the suspect to St. Mary’s Hospital.
Clowers and deputy prosecutor Jonathan Parkhurst were at the scene immediately upon hearing that an officer had been injured Clowers said his office helped police obtain a search warrant for the home at 10700 Yellow Leaf Drive in the Woodland Court Subdivision in the northeastern part of the county.
Clowers confirmed that the arrest warrant had been issued from Calloway County, Ky., the home of Murray State University. He confirmed that McManomy was being charged with strong-armed rape and sodomy.
McManomy faced charges of rape, sodomy, kidnapping, attempted assault and violating an order of probation issued in Indiana, according to an official in the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Calloway County. McManomy pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of first-degree criminal abuse and first-degree unlawful imprisonment in September after the victim consented to the plea deal. He is currently serving 15 years as the result of that charge.
“Going into someone’s home and taking them to jail is probably one of the toughest jobs a police officer has to do,” Ringle told reporters. “Every single day, we know there is always the potential for a problem. We are going into someone’s home not knowing if there are weapons and if there are weapons, is that person going to use those weapons. It is a dangerous situation but is something that law enforcement officers have to do almost every single day.”
The charges stemmed from an Aug. 31 incident in Murray. He was arrested on that charge on Sept. 2 in Vanderburgh County. According to Kentucky court records, the alleged victim in the rape case testified to a grand jury that she dated McManomy in 2009, but after he allegedly tried to sexually assault her, she obtained an emergency protective order against him.
But she told a grand jury that she agreed to meet McManomy at the university’s Stewart Stadium parking lot after receiving several text messages from him. She said she got in his truck, and after he refused to let her out, he drove to a Best Western hotel where they struggled in his vehicle after he took her cell phone and pointed a knife at her. After driving around, he returned to the hotel and made her go into the room.
She testified that McManomy put a blanket over her head, bound her hands and raped her. He then took her back to her car and promised not to contact her again, she said.
McManomy had originally posted a $100,000 cash bond in that case, according to the Calloway County Clerk’s Office.
But a warrant was issued for his arrest for violating the conditions of his bond, which included having no contact with the alleged victim or her family, no alcohol or drug use, no new arrests and requirements to periodically report to probation officials.
McManomy has a lengthy record of criminal charges, according to Vanderburgh County court records.
In April 2009, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge and was fined a dollar, after initially being arrested on a resisting law enforcement charge in October 2008.
In December 2007, he was charged with attempted theft, criminal mischief and public intoxication. But he received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to the criminal mischief and public intoxication charges, and being ordered to repay an alleged victim. Also in December 2007, two felony theft charges against him were dismissed.
In October 2006, he was arrested and accused of dragging an Indiana State trooper while speeding away during a traffic stop. That incident occurred after police were called to a home in Newburgh where McManomy allegedly broke a window, despite a protective order barring him from being on the property.
The trooper stopped him 20 minutes later near Burkhardt Road and Virginia Street in Evansville. McManomy refused to get out of his car and sped off, dragging the trooper a short distance. The trooper was treated at a hospital and released.
By Dave Pearce
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