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Lebanon man charged in 2017 deadly accident pleads guilty

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By The Staff

A Lebanon man pled guilty to leaving the scene of a deadly accident in Marion Circuit Court recently.

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Thomas E. Fleener, 28, was one of two people originally indicted for his involvement in the death of Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield. According to the indictment, on or about July 16, 2017, Fleener and Meagan J. Medley, 25, of Lebanon were both involved in an accident that resulted in the death of a person (Wheatley) and failed to immediately stop and/or render aid. The indictment also states that Medley and Fleener destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed or altered physical evidence, which they believed would be used in an official proceeding.

Wheatley was found dead, lying in the roadway near the entrance to Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto early Sunday morning, July 16, 2017. At 2:42 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a body lying in the roadway on Bill Samuels Road in Loretto. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found the deceased body of Wheatley laying in the westbound lane of Bill Samuels Road.

The initial investigation indicated that Wheatley was struck by some type of automobile and died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.

On Aug. 15, Fleener pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence. He will be sentenced on Sept. 26.

On Feb. 21, Medley entered an Alford Plea to an amended charge of unsworn falsification to authorities (Class B misdemeanor). An Alford Plea is a guilty plea of a defendant who proclaims she’s innocent of the crime, and admits that the prosecution has enough evidence to prove that she’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

A charge of tampering with physical evidence was dismissed based on a plea agreement. She was sentenced to 90 days, probated for 12 months.