By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Winona Lake woman will serve a six-year sentence through work release in two drug-related cases.
In the first case, Colleen Marie Quinn, 36, 113 Mineral Springs Ave., Winona Lake, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 felony. She was also charged with battery against a public safety official, a level 6 felony. Dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, and resisting law enforcement charges were all dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Quinn was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Thursday, May 28.
On Aug. 28, 2019, NET43 officers made a controlled purchase of 30 grams of methamphetamine from Quinn.
On Nov. 18, 2019, an Indiana State Police officer learned that Quinn had an arrest warrant for failure to appear. According to court documents, Quinn ran from the officer but was found. While searching Quinn, the officer found drug-related items. As Quinn was being placed into a police cruiser, the officer attempted to retrieve Quinn’s phone. In an attempt to break the phone, Quinn kicked the officer’s hands.
Defense Attorney John Barrett said Quinn has been accepted into the Kosciusko County Work Release program.
“I want to use this opportunity to grow and better myself,” said Quinn.
For possession of methamphetamine, Quinn was sentenced to five years in the Indiana Department of Correction. Quinn was also sentenced to one year in the Kosciusko County Jail for battery against a public safety official. Both cases were suspended on the condition that she is qualified for the county’s work release program and remains qualified. Quinn must also pay $575 in restitution to the NET 43 Drug Task Force. She has 71 days of jail time credit in the first case.