Meth possession, lengthy rap sheet nets 10 years for convicted felon

Bryan Cain. (Photo: Decatur County Jail)

DECATUR COUNTY, IN — A 37-year-old Greensburg man who pleaded guilty last month to Level 3 felony Possession of Methamphetamine was sentenced in Decatur Superior Court to 10 years in prison on the drug charge and for admitting he is a Habitual Offender.

Bryan Cain was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Matthew Bailey to three years on the possession count, with seven more tacked on because of his lengthy rap sheet.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys hammered out the plea deal, which included an agreement that Cain is eligible to participate in drug treatment while locked up, after which he can request a sentence modification.

Judge Bailey accepted the plea agreement.

Decatur County Prosecutor Nate Harter expressed satisfaction with the outcome.

“This case began as a simple traffic stop initiated by a vigilant police officer and turned into a significant drug bust. I’m glad we were able to obtain a conviction that serves our community well,” Harter said.

The charges stemmed from a traffic stop in the early morning hours of February 12, 2022, in the City of Greensburg.

According to public records, Greensburg Police Officer Matt Terkhorn pulled Cain over for various traffic and equipment infractions.

Prosecutors say, in addition to Cain’s story not making sense, Terkhorn spotted a trail of seven baggies of what proved to be methamphetamine strewn along the roadway behind his vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up syringes and scales.

The total amount of meth was over 30 grams, or enough to qualify for Indiana’s highest drug possession felony level that Cain pleaded guilty to.

In addition to this felony conviction, court records indicate that Cain has a 2004 felony conviction for theft; a 2006 felony conviction for theft; a 2009 felony conviction for possession of a precursor (ingredients for making methamphetamine); a 2012 Class C felony conviction in Franklin County for possession of methamphetamine; a 2011 Class A felony dealing methamphetamine conviction in Decatur County; a 2011 Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine conviction in Marion County, and a 2011 Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine conviction in Jefferson County.

Harter recognized Terkhorn for his heads-up vigilance and preparation on the case.

“Whether those 30 grams were intended for Mr. Cain’s personal use or for potential buyers, Officer Terkhorn and his quick thinking prevented that poison from going into the body of a Decatur County resident,” Harter said. “Mr. Cain now has another stint in prison to consider his actions. To the folks still dealing meth in Decatur County, please know that eventually, our officers are going to find you and hold you accountable, at which point it will become my mission to send you to prison.”