SYRACUSE — A Syracuse man was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court Monday morning, March 12, on charges related to his arrest in August 2017.
Jason Michael Thorn, 33, 206 E. Lynwood Drive, No. 2, Syracuse, was sentenced for two counts of possession of methamphetamine, failure to appear, and unlawful possession of a syringe; all level 6 felonies.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Aug. 22, Syracuse police were called to Main Channel Marina to check on a man sleeping in a red Chevrolet Camaro. The officer was able to identify the sleeping occupant as Thorn due to prior contact with him. Thorn woke up after the officer knocked on the window multiple times, advising he had an argument with his wife and came to the parking lot sometime during the night and fell asleep.
During this conversation, the officer could see a clear plastic bag with a white crystal substance in a cup holder. When asked what was in the bag, Thorn grabbed the bag and tried to hide it from the officer. The officer restrained Thorn’s left wrist, ordering him out of the vehicle. Thorn continued to pull away from the officer, while trying to hide the bag. After the officer advised Thorn he was going to taser him if he did not get out of the vehicle, Thorn threw the bag on the passenger floor board and exited the car.
Thorn gave consent to search the vehicle. Police found used and unused syringes, numerous bags with and without white residue, a portable scale and a silver spoon. Several of the bags tested positive for methamphetamine. The bag that police had observed earlier contained crystal-like substances, which tested positive for methamphetamine.
Prosecuting Attorney Dan Hampton pointed out that Thorn has another case pending, as well as probation violations.
Judge Michael Reed sentenced Thorn to one year in the Indiana Department of Corrections for each of the charges, to be served consecutively, for a total of four years. Today’s sentencing was also ordered to be served consecutive to the pending circuit court case.
Thorn received a total of 14 days of jail time credit. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Thorn’s other charges were dismissed.