By Dave Pearce
Crime doesn’t pay.
That is a message the community and law enforcement has been trying to send out for years. However, crimes continue to be committed and sentences continue to be handed down.
In Posey County this week, according to Posey County Deputy Prosecutor Jonathan Parkhurst, two drug sentences were handed down this week and a third defendant entered a guilty plea.
Malissa Linder, one of 21 who was arrested in the big October drug raid in Posey County, pled guilty this week to two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, both Class B felonies. She was sentenced to eight years on each count with the sentences to run concurrently. The sentencing was Tuesday and her trial date in July was vacated because of the guilty plea.
In an unrelated drug case involving Joseph Trapp and Susan Lewis, both of Wadesville, Parkhurst said the pair was charged in November with several counts of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession or precursors, as well as maintaining a common nuisance. The pair was arrested and charged with drug charges involving two residences in Wadesville, one at 4239 Princeton and the other at 4230 High Street.
Trapp pled guilty to three counts of dealing methamphetamine, possession of chemical precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance. He was sentenced this week in Posey Court to 12 years in prison.
Lewis pled guilty dealing in methamphetamines, possession of chemical precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and resisting law enforcement. Lewis will be sentenced on July 3 to eight years for her part in the drug charges.