WARSAW — A Warsaw man received multiple sentences on drug charges with only a year to serve.
Caleb Michael Devine, 27, 326 Eisenhower Parkway, Warsaw, pleaded guilty on May 20 to possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony, possession of both marijuana and paraphernalia, class A and C misdemeanors respectively. He appeared in Kosciusko County Circuit Court for sentencing by Judge Michael Reed on Monday, June 27.
Devine’s attorney, Jay Rigdon, mentioned to Reed during the hearing that the case involved at least one crime that Devine “didn’t do.”
On Feb. 7, police responded to a call of a man yelling at a school bus and waving a firearm. When officers arrived, they found Devine, who told officers he had been having a loud argument on the phone and that he did not own a firearm. Police did not find a gun at the scene, but Devine was in possession of a pipe, according to police, which tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a bag containing a substance that tested positive as marijuana.
Rigdon told Reed that Devine would be better served if allowed to work. “The employment history for Mr. Devine does show he’s able to hold a difficult job for a lengthy amount of time,” said Rigdon. “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Devine told Reed that substance abuse has played a role in his troubles. “I’ve got trouble with getting high,” he said. “It’s time for me to figure something out.”
Reed sentenced Devine to one year in the Kosciusko County Jail for both the methamphetamine and marijuana charges, as well as 60 days in county lockup for the paraphernalia charge. The sentences were ordered by Reed to be served concurrently, which means at the same time. Reed told Devine he would approve him for work release or Community Corrections if he’s accepted. Devine was given a total of 52 days credit for time served.