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Three Defendants Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 Three Knox residents were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday morning.

Kayla Maassen, 21, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a legend drug, both Class D felonies. She was sentenced to serve 18 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with nine months suspended to be served on probation on each charge. The remaining part of the sentence was permitted to be served with Starke County Community Corrections with daily reporting. The sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time.

Lisa Clemons, 38, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 18 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with all of that time suspended to be served on probation. She was ordered to attend drug rehabilitation programs as recommended by probation. Clemons has a prior criminal history but explained to the judge that she participated in drug treatment before and successfully completed it. She said she has stayed sober since then.

Linda K. Sweet, 51, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to a charge of battery as a Class D felony. She admitted to scratching and causing injury to a Knox City Police Department officer as he was attempting to take her into custody. She was sentenced to 12 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with all of the sentence suspended to be served on probation. One of the requirement in her sentence is for her to take all medication prescribed by her doctor and to continue in psychiatric and therapy sessions.