A Grovertown man pleaded guilty to a Level 4 Felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine and admitted a violation in previous sentence in a negotiated plea agreement between the State and Defense Attorney Richard Ballard in a hearing Wednesday morning in Starke Circuit Court.
Chester King, Jr., 38, admitted to Judge Kim Hall that during a search warrant executed at his residence officers found methamphetamine packaged to sell that totaled over 10 grams. He also admitted that charges filed in this case found him in violation with a stayed sentence in a previous case.
Judge Hall accepted the plea agreement that called for 6 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended on the admission of the violation. On the recent felony charge, King was sentenced to 15 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with 8 years suspended to be served on probation. The judge is recommending that King be placed in the Starke County Therapeutic Community program for treatment, or purposeful incarceration.
The sentences will be served consecutively for a total of 21 years.
King can request to modify his sentence at any time.