Three People Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Starke County Courthouse

Several people received their sentences in the Starke Circuit Court this week.

Rose Martin pleaded guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine as a Class D felony, as well as a D felony charge of Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors with Intent to Manufacture. The remaining counts against her were dismissed, and she will serve 18 months for the charge of Possession of Methamphetamine, and 12 months for the charge of Possession of Precursors. The sentences will be served consecutively, and none was suspended; however, she can serve her executed sentence on home detention through Community Corrections. Martin must also pay a drug interdiction fee of $250, submit to an evaluation at Porter-Starke Services, and complete any recommended treatment. She was credited with 12 days served.

Jacob Hanselman also received his sentence in court, having been arrested in January after police found stolen items in his home at 309 Ruthie Drive in Knox. Hanselman pleaded guilty to Trafficking with an Inmate as a Class C felony, and two counts of Theft as Class D felonies. The remaining counts against him, including Receiving Stolen Property, Burglary, and Possession of Marijuana, were dismissed by the prosecutor as part of the plea agreement. Hanselman will serve a total of four years in the Department of Corrections with none of that sentence suspended, and is required to pay $740 in restitution to the victim. He was credited with 192 days served.

Brittany Griffith, who was arrested in April on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Receiving Stolen Property, pleaded guilty to Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Conviction as a Class D felony, and admitted to committing two probation violations. She was sentenced to 18 months in the Department of Corrections with none of that sentence suspended for the conviction of marijuana possession, and six months each for the probation violations for a total of 30 months. She is also required to pay a $200 drug interdiction fee, and was credited with 120 days served.