Starke County Woman Sentenced to 18 Months in DOC

Two people were present for their sentencing hearings last week in the Starke Circuit Court after they were arrested at the Super Value Inn by police who had been executing an arrest warrant and stumbled upon a hotel room housing a methamphetamine lab operation.

Sheila Johnson and Richard Garrison, Jr., were among those arrested on Sept. 1, 2012, when police arrived at the Super Value Inn to issue an arrest warrant. When police arrived, they found the hotel room housing active methamphetamine labs, paraphernalia, methamphetamine, and a slew of other drugs. Police searched occupants, Deborah Clemons, Jeremiah Johnson, Lolus Johnson, Richard Garrison, and James Borton and turned up a cache of drugs.

Sheila Johnson pleaded guilty to Possession of a Legend Drug as a Class D felony as part of a plea agreement. The prosecutor dismissed the other charges, and Johnson was sentenced to 18 months in the Department of Corrections with none suspended.

A plea agreement was filed for Garrison to plead guilty to a Class D felony charge and the state would dismiss the B felony, but Judge Kim Hall rejected the agreement and set a status hearing for Feb. 1.