A man with an extensive criminal history received his sentence in the Starke Circuit Court this week following his pleas of guilty to two of the four charges against him. Eric Wireman was arrested on Oct. 17 after police received a phone call of individuals manufacturing methamphetamine at a residence.
Knox City Police officers arrived at 406 E. John St. and took two people into custody on outstanding warrants. The pair was transported to the Starke County Jail and when police returned to the residence, an active methamphetamine lab was located inside the residence. Two more people were arrested after further investigation into the incident.
28-year-old Eric Wireman of Medaryville was arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab and Possession of Methamphetamine. Prosecutor Nick Bourff soon filed formal charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Class B felony, Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors with the Intent to Manufacture as a Class D felony, Possession of Methamphetamine as a Class D felony, and Visiting a Common Nuisance as a Class B misdemeanor.
Wireman pleaded guilty to Dealing in Methamphetamine and Visiting a Common Nuisance, and received a sentence of eight years in the Department of Corrections for the B felony and six months in the Starke County Jail on the B misdemeanor. Two years for the dealing charge were suspended, and the sentences will be served concurrently.