WARSAW — A Warsaw man was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court Monday, Oct. 3, for his involvement in dealing methamphetamine.
Darcell Dejuan-Deshawn Scott, 35, 424 W. Pike St., Warsaw, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, a level 3 felony. Pursuant to the terms of a plea agreement, other charges were dismissed.
Judge Michael Reed sentenced Scott to six years in prison at the Indiana Department of Corrections, with four years executed and the final two years suspended, to be served on formal probation.
Reed then suspended the IDOC placement, stating the first three years of the sentence may be served at Kosciusko Community Jail as long as Scott qualifies, is accepted and remains qualified for participation in the Kosciusko County Work Release Program.
The fourth year may be served either through Work Release or Community Corrections, if Scott qualifies and is accepted into either program.
Scott’s criminal troubles began in April 2021 when the NET43 Drug Task Force made a controlled purchase of 8.85 grams of methamphetamine from him.
According to court documents, in May 2021, NET43 made another controlled purchase of 7.9 grams of meth from Scott.
Scott’s attorney, Ryan Lackey, pointed out Scott’s limited criminal history and told Judge Michael Reed that Scott has accepted responsibility. Lackey described Scott’s involvement in the deals as being more of a “middle man.”
Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brad Voelz acknowledged the limited criminal history and said that Scott “has always been a gentleman in court” and has accepted responsibility. However, Voelz said, the court still has to recognize Scott’s criminal behavior.
Multiple letters of support were also submitted on Scott’s behalf.
When given the opportunity to speak, Scott apologized for his actions and said he would like to apologize to his family “for putting them through this.”
“You obviously have great family support,” Reed said. “You have to be held accountable, but the sentence recognizes everything that has been said in court.”
It was further ordered that Scott submit to an assessment with the Kosciusko County Probation Department for program placement and that he complete any recommended treatment.
Scott was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $542 to NET43.