BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (August 11, 2015) — A judge will allow the 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp to serve a four-day jail sentence in 12-hour stints because he suffers from a panic disorder.
“This is the best way to meet his obligation without introducing too many trigger events that could cause one to occur,” explains Thomas Farlow, Speck Mellencamp’s attorney.
Mellencamp will never spend a night in jail during his sentence during his time. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a July 2013 fight in Bloomington. The charge was reduced from a felony.
On Tuesday evening, John Mellencamp picked his son up from the Monroe County Jail. Speck will serve his sentence from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Aug. 10-13 and Aug. 18-21 so a health care professional is on duty while he's behind bars in case he has a panic attack.
Speck's attorney says this is in the best interest for his health and there's special treatment involved.
"It's actually a greater penalty than if they would just do it all four days at once. He has to report eight different times," explains Farlow.
Farlow explained it is not unusual for people to serve their time in non-consecutive days. Some Bloomington residents don't agree.
"It's bogus. I don’t know if anybody else could get that," said Cole Smith.
"There might be a medical reason or two for it but a jail sentence is a jail sentence. I think he should be doing four days just like anybody else would," said Pat Mullee.
The Mellencamps politely declined when asked if they wanted to comment on the situation.