Dominguez-Cruz takes plea deal for 10-year prison sentence

A northern Bartholomew County resident arrested during a roundup of local drug-dealers was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a hearing in Bartholomew Circuit Court.

Jose Rodrigo Dominguez-Cruz, 31, could have received up to 100 years behind bars if he had been been convicted on all original counts filed against him.

Originally charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine as Class A felonies, the former Alan Drive resident accepted a plea bargain in June and agreed to plead guilty to dealing in methamphetamine as a Class B felony.

Although Bartholomew Circuit Judge Stephen Heimann accepted the plea agreement Thursday, he also stipulated that Dominguez-Cruz was giving up any legal right to seek a sentence modification in the future.

Heimann also ordered the defendant to pay $1,250 to police in restitution, as well as a $1,000 fine, court documents state.

Dominguez-Cruz was arrested for twice selling methamphetamine out of his home in Henry Lakes Estates near Taylorsville in January 2014.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.