By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Kosciusko County Jail Chemical Addiction Program graduate will serve six years in prison for dealing drugs.
Jessica Lee Johnson, 47, Warsaw, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, a level 3 felony. Four additional criminal charges were all dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Johnson was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 14.
For dealing meth, Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed sentenced Johnson to nine years in the Indiana Department of Correction, with six years executed and three years suspended on probation.
She has 251 days of jail time credit. Reed also recommended Johnson for participation in Recovery While Incarcerated as part of her prison sentence.
At sentencing, Prosecutor Brad Voelz said Johnson was unable to successfully complete the Rose Garden Recovery program but successfully finished the JCAP program.
“We want her to succeed, but this does not erase what she did,” said Voelz.
Defense Attorney Austin Rovenstine said Johnson initially had the wrong attitude about her recovery but has sincerely become dedicated to bettering herself.
Johnson apologized for her actions in court.
On March 10, 2022, officers with the NET 43 Drug Task Force went to Johnson’s home to execute a search warrant. According to court documents, upon searching the home, officers found a bag containing 8.2 grams of meth. Johnson told officers she used and sold meth.