Cazee gets three years for intimidation with a deadly weapon

Anthony Cazee

Anthony Cazee

A Jasonville man, who’s already served one sentence in the Greene County Jail and been sent to prison twice, is headed back to prison for a third stint in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Anthony M. Cazee, 46, was sentenced in Greene Superior Court Thursday morning to three years in the Indiana DOC on a conviction for intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony.

Cazee’s history includes a conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, with a previous conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, in Sullivan County in 2007. At that time, the charge was a Class D felony and Cazee was sentenced to one year in DOC.

In 2010, he was convicted in Greene County of possession of a controlled substance, also a Class D felony, and sentenced to six months in DOC.

In February of 2017, he was convicted in Greene County on two counts of pointing a firearm at another person, both Level 6 felonies. In this case, he was sentenced to two years in the county jail with one year suspended which he would serve on probation after his release from jail.

This earlier case involving pointing a firearm at another person was investigated by Officer Ryan Van Horn of the Jasonville Police Department.

Van Horn was dispatched when a couple staying at the Shakamak Motel in Jasonville reported that a man, who went by the nickname of “Crazy” and was also staying at the motel, had threatened to kill them and had pointed a rifle at one of them more than once.

Cazee was arrested and when a search warrant was executed on the motel room, Van Horn reported officers found several types of ammunition along with two rifles – one was loaded with a round chambered.

Cazee served his time in jail and was on probation, but a petition to revoke his suspended sentence had been filed and a warrant issued for his arrest, when police were called and he was arrested in yet another incident this past February.

In the latest incident, Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy James Carpenter was dispatched on the morning of February 13 to a home in Jasonville where Cazee was staying. The resident wanted Cazee removed from the home and said Cazee was out of control and had threatened to kill him with a hunting knife.

As Carpenter was en route to the home, he was advised by dispatch that the caller reported Cazee had said he was going to commit suicide by cop.

Deputy Carpenter arrived along with Jasonville Police Chief James Gadberry and Officer Ryan Van Horn.

Cazee was located in the kitchen, uncooperative, then handcuffed.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the male resident told officers he thought Cazee “was still doped up” from the night before. He said when he had asked Cazee to calm down, Cazee got angry and told the man he would cut and kill him.

There were two other individuals in the home who confirmed that Cazee did tell the man he was going to kill him while Cazee had a hunting knife in his hand, waving it around.

Officers located the hunting knife on Cazee’s bed.

Cazee was booked in to the Greene County Jail and was then charged with:

  • Intimidation where the defendant draws or uses a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony
  • Resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor
  • Disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor

Cazee didn’t bond out. In the earlier case, after the petition to revoke his suspended sentence was filed, Cazee’s bond was set at $50,000 cash in full or surety bond, with no ten percent allowed.

Cazee received mental health evaluations to determine capacity to stand trial. After those were filed with the court, Cazee agreed to plead guilty and signed a negotiated plea agreement in May, along with Greene County Chief Public Defender Alan Baughman and Greene County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Keven McIntosh.

When he appeared before Judge Dena Martin on Thursday morning, counts two and three were dismissed along with the petition to revoke his suspended sentence in the earlier case. Cazee plead guilty to felony intimidation and was given credit for 122 days already served toward his sentence of three years.