A 22-year-old woman was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Wednesday morning on charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Class B felony and Neglect of a Dependent a Class C felony.
Amber Lain admitted to Judge Kim Hall that she was in a home in which she lived with Johnny Mullens that had an active methamphetamine lab, precursors and drug paraphernalia in the presence of her son at the time a search warrant was executed at that residence on March 1. She admitted that she purchased ingredients for the manufacture of methamphetamine but never participated in the actual cooking of the harmful drug. She stated that she was usually at work when the drug was made and her son was usually in the home when that activity occurred.
The judge accepted the plea agreement and she received the same sentence for both charges. As part of a plea agreement with Lain and the state, she will serve six years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with one year stayed – assuming she avoids probation violations and any home detention issues. Three years of that sentence would be suspended to be served on probation. She was ordered to serve two years of home detention but that can be lifted after 14 months if all rules are followed. She could petition to modify her sentence to include reporting probation and supervised visitation with her son. Those sentences would run concurrently, or at the same time.
She was also ordered to participate in a drug rehabilitation program. The program, “Thinking for a Change,” was recommended as a suitable program for her to be a part of.