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Several Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 Several defendants were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Thursday morning.

Devin Trusty pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the State to a charge of operating a vehicle with a lifetime suspension. Magistrate Jeanene Calabrese accepted the plea agreement which called for a sentence of three years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended. While incarcerated, trusty will participate in a therapeutic community. If he successfully completes the CLIFF or GRIP program, he may petition the court for a modification of his sentence.

Richard Swafford pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to charges of resisting law enforcement, an operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVWI) and an OVWI charge with a prior conviction. During sentencing, the two OVWI charges merged into the felony count of OVWI with a prior conviction as a Class D felony. It was set for a discretionary sentence. Magistrate Jeanene Calabrese accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Swafford to 36 months in the DOC. Calabrese said his sentence was permitted to be served on home detention with GPS monitoring through Newton County Community Corrections. He must also attend drug rehabilitation classes. His driver’s license was suspended for another 18 months.

Matthew Lamarr was sentenced to three years of work release in Pulaski County after pleading guilty in a plea agreement with the state to a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Brandon Ferch, 27, of Hamlet, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony. He was sentenced to 13 months in the DOC with seven months suspended to be served on probation. The remaining part of his sentence was permitted to be served on home detention through Starke County Community Corrections. He was also ordered to complete drug rehabilitation.

James Miller, 34, of North Judson, pleaded guilty to stalking as a Class D felony. His plea agreement with the state was accepted by Magistrate Jeanene Calabrese which called for a 24 month sentence in the Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended. He was permitted to serve that sentence on home detention. He was ordered to take his psychiatric medications as prescribed by a doctor.

Enoch Berryman, 22, was sentenced to 18 months in the Department of Corrections with 12 months suspended to be served on probation after he pleaded guilty to a merged count of possession of marijuana with a prior conviction. As per the plea agreement with the state that Magistrate Calabrese accepted, he was permitted to serve the rest of his sentence on daily reporting home detention through Starke County Community Corrections.

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