Maximum Sentence Given to Argos Man

An Argos man will spend 12 years in the Department of Corrections for his role in selling methamphetamine to an undercover informant.

Mark Howard, 30, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to a charge of Dealing in Methamphetamine. He participated in two arranged meth buys where he sold the drug with video and audio equipment recording the transaction.

The sentencing hearing took about an hour in Marshall County Superior Court 1 Thursday where the prosecutor noted that Howard had been in and out of the criminal justice system since he was 16 years old. He violated probation on a number of occasions and has been in jail or prison for over five years. Howard was out of jail on bond when these offenses occurred. Several of Howard’s family members testified during the sentencing hearing.

Judge Robert O. Bowen sentenced Howard to the maximum of 12 years in the DOC with no part of the sentence suspended.