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Sentences handed down in meth manufacturing cases

June 17, 2013

PLYMOUTH — David Howe, 44, of Argos, was sentenced last week in Marshall Superior Court 1 to ten years imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

As detailed in the press release issued Saturday by Assistant prosecutor Nelson Chipman, in open court, Howe admitted he manufactured methamphetamine in January and February 2013 in his home located on Hickory Road outside of Argos.
Judge Robert O. Bowen approved an agreement reached between Chipman and defense attorney Joseph R. Morris, which provided for a sentence at the Indiana Department of Corrections of 10 years of imprisonment.

Based upon a prior clean record, an exemplary community life before getting involved with methamphetamine, his willingness to take immediate responsibility for his actions and his obvious remorse, four years of the sentence was suspended, leaving six years to serve.

In addition, the State agreed, and Judge Bowen approved for Howe to be subject to purposeful incarceration which gives him priority entry into intensive drug treatment while incarcerated and, if successfully completed, makes him eligible to petition the court for modification of his sentence.

In the second case, Brandie Tomblin, 29, of Bremen, was sentenced last week in Marshall Superior Court 1 to ten years imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

In the press release issued Saturday by Assistant Prosecutor Nelson Chipman, Tomblin admitted in open court that she manufactured methamphetamine in July of 2012 in her apartment located in the West Shore Apartments in Bremen.

Judge Robert O. Bowen approved an agreement reached between Chipman and defense attorney Tom Black, which provided for a sentence at the Indiana Department of Corrections of 10 years of imprisonment. No part of the sentence was suspended.

In exchange for the plea of guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, the State agreed to dismiss a count of possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

(More details on the both the Howe and the Tomblin cases are available in the June 17, 2013 print edition of The Pilot News.)

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