KOSCIUSKO — A North Webster man was sentenced to three years at the Indiana Department of Corrections for his involvement in a drug deal that took place at a local nursing home.
Kevin Stuckman, 20, 5430 North CR 900E, North Webster, pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine, a level 5 felony, in Kosciusko Circuit Court Monday, April 1.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on April 20, 2018, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a drug deal scheduled to take place at a local nursing home.
When officers arrived at the nursing home, they observed two males and a female inside a black vehicle. When an officer approached the vehicle and identified himself, Stuckman was sitting in the rear passenger seat and was observed digging around the seat area.
Police removed the occupants from the vehicle. In the driver’s side door panel, a plastic bag of methamphetamine and a makeup case containing methamphetamine were discovered. Three more plastic bags of methamphetamine were located inside the female’s purse. A plastic bag of methamphetamine, a rubber band and a glass smoking device were discovered in the rear seat where Stuckman was sitting. In the front passenger seat where the other male was sitting, a plastic bag of methamphetamine, a plastic tube with a glass pipe taped to it, two plastic bags with the corners cut off and digital scales were located.
Stuckman’s lawyer, Karin McGrath, told Judge Michael Reed that Stuckman has completed an extremely intensive program at the Atlanta Recovery Center. The program includes 12-step therapy and relapse prevention, according to McGrath.
“I’m ready to keep on the path I’m going and keep my head out of my butt,” said Stuckman, who told Reed he would be starting a new job next week.
Reed sentenced Stuckman to three years at IDOC, with the last year of the sentence suspended and ordered to be served on formal probation. Reed said he had no objection to the first two years of the sentence being served through work release if Stuckman is accepted there and remains qualified.
Stuckman was given three days of jail time credit. Pursuant to the plea agreement, another charge was dismissed.