Cole Whitt, Jr., of Plymouth, was recently sentenced to prison following a hearing before Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall.
Whitt pleaded guilty to Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Class B Felony in a plea agreement accepted by Judge Hall which dropped charges of Possession of Precursors, Methamphetamine and Marijuana. The judge took into consideration that Whitt had been to prison twice before he rendered his decision, sentencing Whitt to 10 years in the Department of Corrections with none of that sentence suspended. Upon completion of the CLIFF program and at least six years of his sentence, he can petition the court for a modification of his sentence.
Edward Reiss, Jr., of Knox was sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections with none of that sentence suspended after Judge Hall accepted the plea agreement in which Reiss pleaded guilty to Dealing in Methamphetamine. He was also sentenced to 18 months in the Department of Corrections on a Theft charge with none of that sentence suspended. Those sentences will be served consecutively. Upon the acceptance of the plea agreement, four counts of Theft and four counts of Receiving Stolen Property were dropped. Reiss was also ordered to pay the victim in the case $360. Reiss had stolen several chainsaws from the victim and pawned them at the Pawn Shop, and it will take $360 to buy the chainsaws back.
After Reiss serves his time on the Dealing in Methamphetamine charge, he can apply for home detention and, if he qualifies, he will serve his theft sentence on home detention.