Milan officer begins jail time
former Milan deputy marshal began a sentence in Franklin County
Security Center after his involvement in a battery that occurred
last summer at Happy Valley, a campsite in Franklin County.
Steven R. Noble, 38, of Sunman, was sentenced recently by Judge
J. Steven Cox, Franklin Circuit Court Division I. The initial
charge of Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Class
C felony, was reduced to Battery, a Class A misdemeanor as Nobles
attorney struck a plea agreement with the court.
Noble was sentenced to one year of incarceration with six months
of that time suspended.
According to police records, the incident occurred around midnight
on June 8, 2008, when Noble and the victim argued over a generator
that belonged to Noble. Witnesses for the victim, said he had
listened to Nobles generator for a long period of time during
a blue grass festival. The records indicate the victim picked
up the generator to position it to minimize the noise level coming
from the muffler.
As always theres two sides to the story and witnesses with
the Noble group said the victim threw down the generator and damaged
The victim said Noble threatened him and told him Im
going to show you what will happen if you touch my stuff again.
According to information published in the Brookville Democrat,
Noble hit the victim twice in the face, once in the nose and once
in the jaw. The victims jaw was broken in three places and
had to be wired shut. Several witnesses said Noble hit the victim
in the jaw area with his elbow. It was also noted that someone
pulled Noble off the victim.
Noble says the victim made a motion to hit him and he was just
As part of the plea agreement, Noble was ordered to pay over $12,000
in restitution to the victim.
Noble served as a police officer in Ripley County as the Osgood
Town Marshal from October 1993 to May of 1998; and Sunman Town
Marshal from 1998 to May of 2003, according to town clerk-treasurers.
He was currently serving as a deputy marshal for the town of Milan
at the time of the incident.
According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, Marshal Gary Skaggs
suspended Noble with pay (pending an investigation for 30 days)
shortly after the incident in Franklin County. Noble then requested
a personal leave of absence, which he was granted, according to
the marshal. He was employed July 10 of 2006 until July of 2008
with the Town of Milan.