WARSAW — Three of four persons sentenced this morning, Nov. 23, found themselves lucky, while one found it was not her day.
Curtis J. Michael, 38, South Keck Drive, Kimmel; Bradley A. Trostle, 30, 497 Clinic St., Warsaw; and Douglas E. Marsillett II, 25, 2836 E. Wooster Road, Warsaw, all received suspended sentences from Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Mike Reed.
Debbie Watson, 37, Warsaw, was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections for six years, and was remanded into the custody of the sheriff’s department.
All four had entered plea agreements.
Michael, charged with possession of one or more chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, a level 6 felony, was given a 2 1/2 year sentence to the Indiana Department of Corrections. Reed suspended the sentence as long as he enrolled in a community recovery program for a minimum of nine months. He has already been accepted into a program.
“If I give you that opportunity will you take it?” asked Reed, with Michael responding “Most definitely.” Reed stated he was going to give Michael a chance, “let’s take advantage of it and don’t waste Mr. (Jeff) Smith’s time.”
Trostle, who is suffering from advance non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and undergoing an experimental drug treatment, was charged with dealing in a schedule I, II, III controlled substance, a class B felony. He was sentenced to six years to the IDOC, but had it all suspended. He was given home detention through the Community Detention program of Fulton County. “Good luck with your treatment,” stated Reed.
Marsillett, who pleaded guilty to a lesser but included charge of dealing meth, a level 5 felony instead of a level 4, had his four years IDOC sentence suspended to also serve in a recovery program. Jay Rigdon, attorney for Marsillett, stated his client would be accepted back into the recovery program after being kicked out (for not obeying the rules) and felt “if he is able to get the assistance, the one thing is he will not be back here.”
“Why should I think you will learn this time?” asked Reed. Marsillett stated he wanted to show the judge he could learn, adding he has been working on the recovery program while incarcerated. “Every body needs a chance,” he said.
Reed stated “I hope you don’t make a mistake … If we ever have this conversation again, it’s not going to go well … get out there, get your treatment like you said you would.”
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Watson, who pleaded guilty to dealing in a schedule I controlled substance, a class A felony, presented her case to the court stating she tried to get into several recovery programs, work release, home detention in several counties. But the programs were full, wouldn’t accept her unless court ordered, had a job or met the qualification. She also asked the judge for a continuance “one more time,” so she could spend time with her family for the holidays as her elderly father may not be alive when she was released and see her daughter graduate in December.
She told the judge she has come every month for the past 2 years and 2 months, and was prepared to go to jail.
Reed asked about her job, in which she stated she had a job until April when she was in an accident and suffered an injury leaving her unable to work until released by the doctor, then she became sick and spent several months in the hospital. She explained after she was released from the hospital, “I assumed I would be going to jail and didn’t want to waste my time (working) so I spent time with my family.”
“I’m a very patient person,” said Reed noting her case has been continued five times. “I’ve given you the opportunity to improve your situation. For whatever the reason you chose time with your family … your past has led you to where you’re at, you’ve not done what needed to be done.”
Her sentence will run consecutive with a Stark county case.