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Marshall County Jury Convicts Taran Holderman

June 14, 2012

   06/15/12 A Marshall County jury deliberated almost 4 hours on Wednesday, after which it found Taran James Holderman of Warsaw guilty of Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possession of Precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.  After hearing a day and a half of testimony, the jury returned its verdict to presiding Judge Robert O. Bowen of Marshall Superior Court Number 1.

The case started when a vehicle was stopped by County Police Officer Ryan Hollopeter along 14B Road near the intersection of Beech Road at 11:16 p.m. on December 28, 2011.  The driver of the vehicle was Seth Wright, with passengers Brittney Padgett and the defendant in this case, Taran Holderman.  Upon exiting the vehicle, the driver acknowledged an active “one pot” meth lab cooking underneath the front seat.  A subsequent search turned up several other meth related manufacturing items.

Judge Bowen set sentencing for July 11, 2012.  Holderman faces a prison term from a minimum of 6 years to a maximum of 23 years, and $20,000 in fines.

Officers from the Bourbon Police Department and the Indiana State Police assisted with the investigation.  The State of Indiana was represented by Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney E. Nelson Chipman, Jr..  Mr. Holderman was represented by Edward Ruiz.


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5 Responses to “ Marshall County Jury Convicts Taran Holderman ”

  1. Heidi Ramey on October 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I had not seen Taran out and about the area in months… and wondered why. I stumbled upon this sad news by accident while looking up something else quite harmless. Shocked is far too mild a word for me to say was my reaction! Sorrow and a deep sadness followed.
    I had known Taran almost since I had moved to Bourbon and got involved in the Triton “community.” Yes! This did NOT seem to me the behavior Taran seemed to display whenever we were around each other. You NEVER know… Such a determined young man, too! He had basketball scholarships and a future! Why would he do something like this???
    Maybe, he did NOT do it, maybe he did; but Taran is NOT a throw-away! We need to first of all, pray for him. We should also, visit and write letters to him faithfully, if allowed. We need to support him so, hopefully, once all of this is over, that he, like a phoenix, rises from the ashes his life has fallen into.
    If ANYONE has information about where he is… please message me on facebook. I am NOT difficult to find!

  2. Andrew on June 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    doubleoipunk, Congratulations on beating the Recidivism statistic.

    However that statistic is exactly the reason why there has to be an alternative. In fact there already seems to be one called “Drug Courts”. They are much more effective in dealing with this problem. There are some heavyweight sources that agree on this, such as the Rand Corporation which has done a study on Recidivism rates in the aspect of drug crime and punishment.

    The NADCP (The National Association of Drug Court Professionals) has a lot of valuable information on the Drug Court concept.

    The Rand Corporation work can be found here:

  3. doubleoipunk on June 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I have to disagree with you on this as many meth offenders turn to violence. Just this year 3 meth users were caught after killing a woman in her home. We have a real problem with the sheer number of meth cases that are being received by law enforcement, so yes they need to be dealt with harshly. I am all for rehabilitation, but one must also accept the consequences for their actions. I believe prison needs serious reform, but the sentencing in these cases is if anything, a bit lienient. BTW, I am a former frequenter of Indiana’s legal system. I have been reformed and out without incident for over a decade at this point. Junkies and tweekers need to be dealt with harshly as they tend to escalate quickly due to too many slaps on the wrist. Hit them hard early and they can wake up before they kill too many brain cells to recover.

  4. mathewzorn on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I’ve grown up with this guy. I’m sorry but the charges that we was charged with and the possible sentencing he will get, is in my opinion, to harsh. I think Taran was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I can’t see him doing anything of the sort that the so called news articled stated. He had scholarships to college and over all is a great kid. Don’t get me wrong we all have downfalls and there are things about us that not everyone likes but Taran was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I don’t know the full story but I think if he owned up to the drugs that he did it to protect his so called friends.

  5. Andrew on June 15, 2012 at 4:29 am

    As much as I think the Meth situation is in epidemic proportions, I have to ask myself how it can be that the sentence for this is nearly half that of some murder convictions.

    I think it is time for looking at alternatives than handling out prison sentences like they were candy. Certainly it is the day of reckoning for him before the court and I wouldn’t want to see him get away with a slap on the wrist or similar.

    We have prisons that are full, we have light offenders being thrown in the the violent criminals — and when they get out they are worse than when they went in. I don’t know how often I have read of offenders going in on grand theft or similar, get out and then commit murder-one.

    There has to be a more constructive way of dealing with non-violent criminals that deters them from committing crime without making them more hardened — and still protect society from them. With the wide proliferation of the materials and recipes to make meth, it is only sticking a finger in the dike sending offenders to prison as I am skeptical there is a deterring value anymore for these kind of offenders — they need rehabilitation.