By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Cromwell woman will serve a six-year sentence locally after two controlled drug purchases occurred at her home.
Deborah K. McMahan, 61, 9783 E. Chickadee Drive, Cromwell, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, a level 4 felony. Seven additional criminal charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
McMahan was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Monday, April 12.
In February 2020, NET43 investigators made a controlled purchase of 3.8 grams of methamphetamine from Deborah and William F. McMahan.
In March 2020, another controlled purchase took place at the McMahan residence. As a result of their work, investigators learned the McMahans were expecting a large amount of methamphetamine soon; this led to a search warrant being obtained for the residence.
According to court documents, while searching the residence, officers found a bag containing methamphetamine and multiple plastic bags.
William has a change of plea hearing for this case at 10 a.m. May 17.
During court proceedings, Defense Attorney David Kolbe asked Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed to consider Deborah’s age and criminal history prior to sentencing. He said Deborah’s criminal history was very minor.
Deborah said she has applied for the county’s community corrections program, as well as residency at The Rose Home and Serenity House.
For dealing methamphetamine, Judge Reed sentenced Deborah to six years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. However, he ordered the first three years of the sentence to be served at the Kosciusko County Jail or through work release. The last three years are suspended on probation.
“This is a serious offense and you must be held accountable for your actions no matter your age,” said Judge Reed. “But it’s never too late to start doing something for your recovery.”