Man sentenced in 'road rage' case


by Renee Murphy

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 28 at 7:42 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A road rage case that goes back to 2010 has come to an end.

Michael Shelby was sentenced Monday for severely beating a man he argued with on the road.
Prosecutors say the punishment is worse than prison.

“I can tell you with some of the people I prosecute the prospect of having to hold down a full time job and work every day and make payments is a much worse punishment than going to jail,” Jeremy Mull said.

Shelby walked out of the court room with probation and an order to pay restitution to the victims.

“This is what the victim wanted. The victims are out a lot of money they have medical debts and bills that are going to weigh them down for years and their main concern in this case was to get some of this money back and with this plea agreement that’s been reached he's been ordered to pay them $100,000,” Mull said.

The road rage incident happened in December of 2010 on Sharon Drive in Jefferonsville.

Matthew Cullum and his wife were having car trouble and when they pulled over. Police say Shelby got out of his car, punched Cullum and kicked him.

As part of a plea deal Shelby admits to battery, intimidation and criminal recklessness. These are all misdemeanors.

“With what he was facing we knocked a B Felony to a misdemeanor where he’ll get probation. So, yeah, he’s pretty happy,” Brad Jacobs, Shelby’s defense attorney said.

Jacobs says there is no way Shelby can pay the money back in three years. The court has only ordered Shelby to pay back the restitution over the three years he is on probation.  Shelby is ordered to pay $500 a month to the victims while on probation.