By Lasca Randels
WARSAW — A Warsaw man received a four-year prison sentence in Kosciusko County Superior Court 1 Monday, June 15.
Brandon Charles Kelly, 36, 3648 East CR 500S, Warsaw, pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine, a level 4 felony.
In September 2019, Kelly was arrested following a controlled purchase by the NET 43 drug task force in which 2.2 grams of methamphetamine were purchased from Kelly.
In court today, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Buehler told Judge David Cates that Kelly has a significant criminal history.
Kelly’s attorney, John Barrett, argued that a lot of Kelly’s criminal history “is far removed and unrelated.”
Kelly asked for leniency from the court.
“I know I messed up,” Kelly said. “I’d like to try to get my life back on track.”
Cates sentenced Kelly to four years at the Indiana Department of Corrections and recommended participation in the Recovery While Incarcerated program.
Cates said Kelly’s criminal history “appears to be largely related to substance abuse.”
“It appears that the substance abuse issue needs to be addressed,” Cates said. “It needs to be properly handled.”
Cates said if Kelly successfully completes the RWI program and remains in good standing, the court will consider reducing the sentence.
“Mr. Kelly, I hope you’re successful in that program,” Cates said. “Show me you can be.”