By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Nappanee woman will serve three years in prison, but could be accepted into Kosciusko County’s work release program, for drug possession.
Jeanelle Rose Curtis, 44, 252 N. Main St., Nappanee, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 felony. Marijuana possession, paraphernalia possession and failure to appear charges were all dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Curtis was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Thursday, Jan. 14.
On June 4, 2020, Milford Police officers responded to the area of West CR 1350N and North SR 15 regarding a vehicle driving through a field and coming to a rest on railroad tracks. Officers found Curtis walking in the area.
Court documents state that while talking with Curtis, officers noticed her eyes were red and that she was exhibiting behavior that indicated she may be intoxicated. Officers spoke with a witness at a gas station, who said that earlier in the day, she saw Curtis asleep in a vehicle at one of the gas pumps. The gas station’s owner woke Curtis up and told her to move her vehicle.
While searching Curtis’ vehicle, officers found marijuana. Officers also searched a backpack in Curtis’ possession and found a bag containing 5.3 grams of methamphetamine and 6.1 grams of marijuana.
During court proceedings, Defense Attorney John Barrett said Curtis is qualified for Kosciusko County’s work release program.
“She needs to get treatment and stay clean,” said Barrett.
Curtis told Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed that she wants to stay on the productive path she is on; she said she is currently employed and is also participating in counseling sessions.
For possession of methamphetamine, Judge Reed sentenced Curtis to four years in prison with the last year of her sentence suspended on probation.
If she is accepted into the county’s work release program within two weeks, Curtis can serve her prison sentence that way. If she is not accepted and taken to DoC, Judge Reed recommended the Recovery While Incarcerated program as part of her sentence.