Initially charged with three felonies relating to drugs, a Milford man was remanded to custody in court this morning to begin a 6 year prison sentence.
Domingo Melendez III, 34, was arrested in March for dealing/delivering/manufacturing methamphetamine. As a result of the investigation, the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges of Class A felony dealing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, Class B felony possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, and Class B felony dealing in a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.
Syracuse Police conducted the investigation that found Melendez agreed to sell 1 gram of meth to an informant for $100. The deal happened near the Pickwick Theater in Syracuse in late December 2012. The theater is within 1,000 feet of Syracuse Elementary School.
In January 2013, Melendez again agreed to sell to a confidential informant. In that transaction, which took place in the parking lot of Lance’s Supermarket in Syracuse, Melendez sold 15 Percocet pills for $85.
During sentencing, Kosciusko County Superior Court I Judge Duane Huffer asked Melendez if he thought of his children when he committed the crime of selling drugs. Melendez said, “Yes, I did think about my kids.” Huffer then raised his voice and said, “You didn’t think about any children or the harm you would cause them!”
Melendez was sentenced to 6 years in prison. He will receive credit for time served from his arrest in March to the time he bonded out of jail in June.