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COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śYou have been so much better since youâ€™ve been off drugs, hopefully you stay that way.â€ť
Those were the words of Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to Derek Kohut Monday, who received a 12-year sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
Kohutâ€™s sentence will require him to serve eight years to be served at the Whitley County Jail, with the remainder being suspended.
Reports from the jail indicate Kohut, clad in his prison clothes with light facial hair and a cross around his neck, had been a positive influence, as he has helped other inmates with different tasks.
The jail chaplain also wrote a positive letter on Kohutâ€™s behalf.
Heuer noted these mitigating circumstances in his sentence, as well as the fact that Kohut will be a father to a newborn soon.
Overall, though, Heuer said the aggravating circumstances, such as Kohutâ€™s prior criminal history, outweighed these positive contributions, causing him to sentence beyond the 10-year advisory for a Class B felony.
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