Shawn Heck was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday.
Heck pleaded guilty to a charge of Dealing in Methamphetamine in a plea agreement which Judge Hall accepted. Heck will serve eight years on that Class B Felony charge with none of that sentence suspended in the Indiana Department of Corrections. Upon his completion of the CLIFF program and serving a mandatory six years of that term, he may apply for a modification of that sentence. He was ordered to pay a $200 drug interdiction fee. As part of his plea agreement, charges of Possession of Precursors and Possession of Methamphetamine were dropped.
Judge Hall rejected a plea agreement for Dean Hamilton who had pleaded guilty to a charge of Theft as a Class D Felony. His sentence would have placed him in the DOC for 18 months with half of that sentence suspended to be served on probation. Two counts of Trespass would have been dropped. Hall indicated that Hamilton has an extensive criminal record and would not allow a sentence shorter than 18 months in this case. He is accused of stealing items belonging to Carla Bradley. A status hearing was set for Wednesday, July 25 at 1 p.m.