Johnson County Prosecutor Pleads Guilty to Multiple Felonies, No Jail Time
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. -- A Johnson County prosecutor has pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts in a confinement and battery case.
Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper is facing three felonies and a misdemeanor in Johnson County. This stems from an incident in March where the woman, now identified as Cooper's fiance, told police she was beaten by Cooper, and had multiple visible injuries. The incident was turned over to Indiana State Police, and a special prosecutor and a special judge were assigned.
Cooper appeared before Special Judge Dan E. Marshall and Special Prosecutor Doug Brown on Monday. Cooper pleaded guilty to the following:
- Criminal confinement - Level six felony
- Domestic battery - Class A misdemeanor
- Identity deception - Level six felony
- Official misconduct - Level six felony
However, our partners at WISH-TV report that through a plea agreement, Cooper will not see any jail time, and some of these charges will change.
Cooper will receive 540 days of supervised probation. As part of the proposed plea agreement, the criminal confinement charge will be converted to a Class A misdemeanor. After three years, the other felony counts can be converted to misdemeanors. The proposed plea agreement will also have Cooper removed from public office. According to Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council spokesman Zach Osowski, Cooper's chief deputy prosecutor will serve as acting prosecutor until a Republican caucus picks a new prosecutor. Cooper will also pay a $50 domestic violence prevention fee and meet conditions of probation that include a "Batterer's Intervention, anger management program or an equivalent counseling program."
Cooper's sentencing will be in July.
The victim released the following statement:
"Today, justice was served. Bradley made mistakes. He admitted to those mistakes in court and is now willing to accept responsibility. I forgive him. Afterall, he is human just like your and me. I have faith that God is working behind the scenes to turn this nightmare into something good. My prayer is that he will come out on the other side a better human being because of all of this."
WISH-TV contributed to this story.