30-year sentence in Decatur Superior Court Monday following a May trial.

Zachary Aaron Woodward was convicted after a trial by jury on May 26th , 2021, in the Decatur Superior Court
before Judge Matthew Bailey. The trial proceedings began on May 24th , 2021, ranging over three days. Woodward
was charged and convicted on three counts as follows: Count I: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Serious Violent
Felon, as a Level 4 Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine, as a Level 5 Felony; and Possession of Marijuana, as a
Class A Misdemeanor. Additionally, Woodward was charged with being, and found by the jury to be, a habitual
offender. The State’s case was presented by Prosecuting Attorney Nathan W. Harter IV.
On June 14th , 2021, Woodward was sentenced in front of Judge Bailey, where his potential penalties included a range
from eight to thirty-two years. The Court imposed a sentence of 30 years, all executed to the Indiana Department
of Correction.
Decatur County Prosecuting Attorney Nate Harter wants to recognize Greensburg Police Department personnel for
their hard work on this case, specifically lead investigator on the case, Sgt. Brandon Meyer, as well as Detective
Steve Barnes, Assistant Chief Mike McNealy, and Detective Mark Naylor. Also contributing to the team effort were
Dustin Barkdull of Community Corrections and forensic scientist Sarah Meisinger with the Indiana State Police
Laboratory Drug Unit, both of whom testified before the jury.
Said Harter, “I am grateful to the team of law enforcement professionals who put this case together through hard
work and careful attention to detail. Greensburg and Decatur County should be proud of their efforts and dedication
to keeping our community safe by apprehending violent criminals.”

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