ALLEN COUNTY – David Bisard closed his eyes and nodded.
Just a few feet away in the first row of the gallery, Lora Bisard kept her head down and covered her mouth with her hands as a jury of five men and seven women pronounced the Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer guilty on all nine counts for the drunk driving crash that took the life of motorcyclist Eric Wells on Aug. 6, 2010.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Bisard said to reporters as he was walked to a waiting Allen County sheriff’s jail wagon in handcuffs.
“It isn’t true,” he said while being loaded inside.
Lead prosecutor Denise Robinson said Bisard’s reaction was the same as dozens of other suspects she has convicted in her career in Marion County.
Defense attorney John Kautzman told reporters that his client has always maintained he was not guilty of the crime.
Bisard will return to court on Nov. 26 for a sentencing hearing in the courtroom of Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck. He faces a minimum of six years and a maximum of 20 years in prison on the most serious count, causing death while driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .15%+.
Other convictions related to drunk and reckless driving charges carry lesser penalties.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said Bisard’s most serious conviction carries a non-suspendible prison sentence. Curry said there is no joy in winning a conviction in the drunken driving case, adding that there are no winners in the case.