Attorney reacts to Corbett indictment


by Adam Walser

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 6:35 PM

(WHAS 11) -- A well known Louisville chef and restaurant owner has been indicted on drug charges by a grand jury. 

So what's next for Dean Corbett?

This is a case that most of us thought was resolved a long time ago.

You might recall, Corbett announced within a few weeks of his arrest that he was entering into a plea deal.

We’re told that still seems to in the works, even though now a felony indictment is hanging over his head.

“I'm just glad to get this ugliness resolved,” said Dean Corbett back in late March.

At that time, he thought his legal troubles were behind him, since a plea deal was in the works.

Now, nearly five months later, Corbett has been indicted by the Jefferson County Grand Jury on a felony charge of trafficking in a controlled substance.

“There were issues about how the case was going to be disposed of, whether it was going to be in district court or circuit court. All that's been resolved now,” said Corbett’s attorney Thomas Clay.

Corbett was arrested March 8th after he was stopped by a police officer on Goose Creek Road.

Police say Rorbett had more than 20 Hydrocodone  pills in his car, which Corbett told officers he obtained by trading medication with a sick friend.

Corbett himself is prescribed painkillers for chronic health issues.

“I don't believe Dean Corbett had any idea what he was doing was violating the law. He was trying to help a friend out who was gravely ill and in great pain and suffering and couldn't get medication because of financial circumstances,” Clay said.

“I was certainly taken back and scared like anyone would be. Let's face it, it's not your shining moment. But I just did what I needed to do and told the truth,” Corbett said back in March about his arrest.

When asked why the case was indicted while a plea deal was already in place, the Commonwealth's Attorney’s Office said,  “There are many different ways to handle a guilty plea in these situations and this is the avenue agreed to by the prosecutor and defense attorney in this case."

Corbett's attorney expects the case to soon be resolved.

“He has no prior criminal record whatsoever. This was a mistake. He has acknowledged this was a mistake and so the prosecution has taken all this into consideration in offering this plea agreement,” said Clay.

Corbett will be arraigned Monday afternoon.

Clay tells us he has agreed to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement, which means if he stays out of trouble for a period of time, the charge will be dropped and eventually expunged from his record.