WARSAW — A Syracuse man walked into Kosciusko County Circuit Court on Thursday, Jan. 17 and taken into custody of the county sheriff following his sentence on cocaine charges.
Chase Kent Elion, 19, 109 E. County Line Road, No. 8, Syracuse, pleaded guilty to dealing cocaine on Dec. 11, 2018. The charge is a level 4 felony.
According to the Warsaw Police Department, Elion was observed selling 4.7 grams of cocaine in March 2018.
Elion’s attorney, John Barrett, said his client was approved for work release and that he was hoping to be able to serve his sentence locally in order to maintain his current employment.
“I would like a second chance,” said Elion.
Reed said he believed Elion’s remorse, but added that punishment was still in order.
“First offense, I get that, but selling a large quantity of cocaine on the street, we can’t tolerate that,” said Reed.
Reed ordered Elion to serve four years with the Indiana Department of Corrections and amended the sentence to involve the Kosciusko County Jail. He said he would suspend the last two years of the sentence in favor of probation. He ordered Elion be remanded into the custody of sheriff in order to be transported and processed into the county’s work-release program.