By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Warsaw man will serve six years in prison after dealing drugs to an undercover officer.
George Prater, 39, 1692 E. CR 200N Lot 57, Warsaw, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, a level 4 felony. A methamphetamine possession charge, along with three methamphetamine possession cases, were all dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Prater was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Monday, June 21.
Sometime in October 2020, the NET43 Drug Task Force made a controlled purchase of four grams of methamphetamine from Prater.
During court proceedings, Defense Attorney Jay Rigdon said Prater is focused on getting his substance issues addressed.
“He wants to have the opportunity to get the help he needs and return to being a productive member of society,” said Rigdon.
“Meth is a problem and it’s hard to stay clean, but I take responsibility for my actions,” said Prater.
For dealing methamphetamine, Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed sentenced Prater to eight years in the Indiana Department of Corrections, with two years suspended on probation. Judge Reed recommended Prater complete Recovery While Incarcerated as part of his prison sentence. The sentence will also be served consecutively to a methamphetamine possession case.
Prater must also pay $170 in restitution to NET43.