WARSAW — Roger Lee Runyon, 44, 1617 Dale Ave., South Bend, has finally been sentenced on charges stemming from crimes committed in 2013 and 2014.
On March 9, 2013, Runyon was charged with possession of marijuana, a class D felony, and operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator, a class C felony.
While performing a traffic stop for false or fictitious registration, police discovered Roger Runyon to be in possession of over 30 grams of marijuana. According to police, Runyon’s vehicle was stopped in a parking lot of 1041 N. Park Ave., Warsaw. Runyon, who was later identified, fled the scene on foot and was apprehended at 938 N. Detroit St., Warsaw.
On Jan. 28, 2014, Warsaw officers served a search warrant on a vehicle. Officers were made aware of the location of Roger Runyon, 41, of South Bend, and verified an arrest warrant for him stemming from an October 2013 meth lab on Center Street in Warsaw.
Officers were also aware that Runyon was a habitual traffic violator and an Indiana State Police trooper made a traffic stop on Runyon’s vehicle. At the time of his arrest, Runyon had a white powdery substance on him that tested positive for methamphetamine. The search warrant produced finished methamphetamine, spent meth labs and precursors used in the manufacture of the drug.
Judge Michael Reed, Kosciusko County Circuit Court, sentenced Runyon to a total of 9 year at the Indiana Department of Corrections.
In the first cause Runyon was sentenced to 1 1/2 years for possession of marijuana and 2 years for operating a vehicle as a habitual offender. These sentences are to be served concurrent, but consecutively to the following cause.
For dealing methamphetamine, a level B felony, Runyon was sentenced to 7 years, and for operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life, a level C felony, he was sentenced to 2 years. These will be served concurrently.
Runyon’s driving privileges have been suspended for life. He is actively participating in the therapeutic community in Elkhart County.