Gabriel French received his sentence in the Starke Circuit Court last week for charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine as a class B felony. As part of a plea agreement, the defense and the state would argue the sentence to Judge Kim Hall up to a maximum of 15 years in the Department of Corrections and the other counts against him would be dismissed.
French admitted to the court that he has a drug problem, and he admitted that he has made mistakes. He regrets his decisions, he said, and would fix everything if he could. He said he needs drug rehabilitation programs and requested to serve his sentence on house arrest.
Judge Hall sentenced French to 13 years in the Department of Corrections with none of that sentence suspended. He recommended he complete the Cliff program and said he can petition for modification of his sentence after its successful completion. In addition, 15 months from a previous sentence will run consecutively to this sentence, giving him a total of 14 years and three months to be served in the Department of Corrections.