Man with lengthy rap sheet sentenced to 28 years in four separate cases

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DECATUR COUNTY, IN — Donald Joseph Boatman (pictured) has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a total of 28 years by Decatur Superior Court Judge Matthew Bailey in a combination of sentences involving four cases.

Boatman will serve 16 years in prison and 12 years’ probation.

In three 2020 cases, he pleaded guilty to Dealing Methamphetamine (Level 4 Felony) and Being a Habitual Offender; Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony) and Being a Habitual Offender; and Operating a Motor Vehicle when his Driving Privileges had been Revoked for Life (Level 5 Felony) and to Being a Habitual Offender, plus Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Syringe and Obstruction of Justice (all Level 6 felonies).

In the 2021 case, Boatman pleaded guilty to Possession of a Legend Drug (Level 6 Felony) and to Being a Habitual Offender

Boatman had previous convictions in 2019, 2018, 2016, 2013 (felony), 2012 (felony), 2011, 2009 (felony), 2008 (felony), 2007, 2005, 2001 (felony), 1999, 1998, 1995, and 1992 (felony) in Decatur, Hancock, Franklin, and Rush counties.

Decatur County Prosecutor Nate Harter said, “I want to applaud Deputy Prosecutor Brian Clark for managing these cases to the very end, and for obtaining a just result. As Mr. Boatman completes his third-decade committing crimes in this community here’s hoping that a period of time in the Department of Correction will lead him to change his ways.”