Cheryl Paschen Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Cheryl Paschen

Cheryl Paschen was sentenced yesterday in Starke Circuit Court.

She pleaded guilty in plea agreement to two counts filed against her: Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Syringe.

Judge Kim Hall sentenced her to 18 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with 6 months suspended on both charges. Both sentences will run concurrently and on home detention through Starke County Community Corrections. As a term of her probation, she will be entering into a drug rehabilitation program and she will need to complete treatment.

Paschen was arrested April 15th, 2011 along with five other suspects after Starke County and Indiana State police raided the Holloway Motel and found three active methamphetamine labs. She was arrested on several counts, including Dealing Methamphetamine, but Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mary Ryan said in the court hearing yesterday that Paschen was not directly involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine. All other charges in the case have been dropped as part of the court’s acceptance of the plea agreement.

Paschen’s attorney told Judge Hall that she has really turned her life around. She has a job and she has been living with her parents who have been strict with her after this incident.