Norman man sentenced to 40 years


A Jackson County man recently sentenced to 40 years in prison faces the potential for more jail time later this spring.

A pretrial hearing for Travis Michael Luedeman, 41, of Norman is set for 3:30 p.m. Friday in Jackson Circuit Court in Brownstown.

The hearing involves charges stemming from a Nov. 12, 2019, incident at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

Luedeman faces charges of criminal confinement with bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury in that incident, in which he and another inmate are accused of pulling an inmate from his bunk. According to the probable cause affidavit, Luedeman allegedly beat that inmate while the other inmate held him a bear hug in a dispute about money.

His jury trial is set for 8:30 a.m. June 30 in Jackson Circuit Court.

On Jan. 28, a jury convicted Luedeman on two Level 2 felonies of burglary with a deadly weapon; two Level 3 felonies of armed robbery; two Level 5 felonies of intimidation; and Level 6 felony charges of impersonating a police officer and auto theft.

Luedeman also was found guilty of three Class A misdemeanor counts of theft and two Class A misdemeanor counts of pointing a firearm in connection with a couple of events reported in early July 2019.

On Feb. 28, Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter sentenced him to a total of 40 years on the 13 charges.

Luedeman was arrested July 9, 2019, by police investigating two burglaries, including one involving a report of a man impersonating an officer.

The incidents that led to the investigation of Luedeman’s activities were reported in the area of County Road 1250W in the Norman area, police said.

During one of the incidents, Luedeman confronted a property owner and said he had permission to be on the property. The witness said Luedeman, who was wearing a military-style uniform with a badge, left and the property owner found items of value missing, police said.

The second incident, investigated by county Officer J.L. McElfresh, was a report of a burglary in progress in the 4000 block of North County Road 1250W.

The complainant reported seeing a suspicious vehicle on the property of one of his neighbors and went to check it out. He said when he approached the vehicle, Luedeman came from the back of the home, police said.

The man said he then tried to keep Luedeman from leaving until police could arrive. Luedeman, however, pointed a gun at the man and left in the vehicle, police said.

The complainant said he followed Luedeman for a short time before he got out of the vehicle and ran off. Luedeman was not found at the time. McElfresh recovered the vehicle, which had been stolen from the Seymour area.

The officers who went to arrest Luedeman on July 9 spotted him in the house in the 11000 block of West U.S. 50, but he failed to come outside when ordered, police reported at the time.

Luedeman instead fled to a bedroom in the house out of the sight of officers, police said.

County Officer Zach Elliott, Lt. Adam Nicholson and Chief Deputy Dustin Steward along with Brownstown Police Department Officer Sam Hughes then set up a perimeter around the house.

Sheriff Rick Meyer arrived at the scene and contacted Detective Sgt. Stan Darlage to help obtain a search warrant for Luedeman’s home, police said.

Since Luedeman was considered to be armed and dangerous, the sheriff’s department also requested an Indiana State Police SWAT team to assist. While waiting for the SWAT team, police were able to speak with Luedeman through a public address system.

Luedeman, however, denied police’s request to surrender and said he was not coming out, police said. He later was ordered to exit the house and was told the SWAT team would enter the house if he did not.

That’s when he surrendered, police said.

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