Wiscaver requests sentence modification

Ryan Wiscaver, the 31-year-old Loogootee man who struck and killed a Washington man in September of 2017, has requested a sentence modification.

On Sept. 10, 2017, Wiscaver left the scene of an early morning accident that claimed the life of 78-year-old Joseph Yerkes of Washington, who routinely took walks along State Street near the East National Highway intersection.

Wiscaver pleaded guilty to one count of failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death, and in December of 2017, was sentenced to 2,160 days in the Indiana Department of Corrections, 720 days in the Daviess County Community Corrections program and 360 days on probation. Part of the terms of Wiscaver’s plea agreement included taking part in the Purposeful Incarceration Program, which he recently completed.

On Friday morning, Wiscaver told Daviess County Superior Court Judge Dean Sobecki he had completed the multi-step program.

“It’s five stages or progressions,” Wiscavers said, who told the judge he completed the program that typically takes nine months in just over seven. “I feel like I got a lot out of it.”

Wiscaver told Sobecki he felt he had made a lot of progress since completed the program.

“I can actually look at myself in the mirror now,” Wiscaver said.

Currently Wiscaver is set to be released in December after completed his time for a Martin County incident. Once he’s ready to be released, rather than taking part in the local community corrections program, Wiscaver told Sobecki he would like to go to Club Soda, a residential program that helps those recovering from addictions make a fresh start, based in Terre Haute.

“I just figured if I could get away from people I would normally associate with, I thought I could make a new start,” said Wiscaver. “I know when you associate with negative people, you can do negative things.”

Sobecki told Wiscaver no decisions would be made immediately.

“I’m not making any decisions yet,” said Sobecki who told Wiscaver he would have Daviess County Community Corrections touch base with Vigo County’s program and look into Club Soda to determine if its offerings would be a good fit once he was released.

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