KOSCIUSKO — A local man was sentenced to five years at the Indiana Department of Corrections for two cases involving the unlawful possession of a firearm and the battering of a jail inmate.
In the first case, Seth James Deamaral, 27, 3750 Lake City Highway, Warsaw; also with an address of 11256 N. CR 450E, Syracuse, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a level 4 felony; criminal recklessness and possession of methamphetamine, both level 6 felonies. Charges of criminal confinement and intimidation were dismissed.
Deamaral was also sentenced with battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, a level 6 felony, in the second case.
On June 5, 2018, officers responded to a report of shots fired at a residence. When officers arrived at the scene, they saw several male subjects, one identified as Deamaral, standing by a vehicle. Officers looked inside the vehicle and noticed a military-style rifle.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, a female at the scene said she was in her residence when three male subjects arrived in a vehicle. Deamaral was operating the vehicle during the incident. The female saw one of the male subjects holding a handgun and she believed it was fake, causing her to shove the gun away from him. Deamaral then displayed a handgun, stating “This is for real,” and fired through the passenger window in the female’s direction.
While searching Deamaral’s person, officers discovered a plastic bag that tested positive for methamphetamine. Deamaral admitted that he and the two male subjects were looking for a male subject, believing they were at the residence to trade guns for heroin.
Deamaral also admitted he is a convicted felon from California.
On Nov. 12, 2018, officers with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of battery at the Kosciusko County Jail. Officers found a male inmate bleeding from his mouth. The inmate said Deamaral hit him in the face several times, causing injury. Deamaral and the inmate were assigned to the same jail cell.
Deamaral told officers the inmate tried to punch him and he fought back. Since June 2018, Deamaral has received three fighting violations from the county jail.
For the unlawful possession of a firearm charge, Kosciusko County Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed sentenced Deamaral to three and a half years at the Department of Corrections. He was also sentenced to 180 days at DOC for each of his three remaining charges. The battery sentence will be served consecutively to the firearm incident. Deamaral has 353 days of jail time credit.
No contact orders were established between Deamaral and the female in the first case, as well as between Deamaral and the male inmate.