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IN COURT: Local man pleads guilty to meth charges

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man admitted to his role in a meth-dealing arrest in April.

Warren Goodman, Jr., 41, pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

Goodman will be sentenced next month.

His plea agreement stated that, regardless of the total sentence length, he would not serve more than eight years in jail or prison.

Three other charges against Goodman were dropped upon the acceptance of the plea agreement.

The remainder of Goodman’s sentence will be up to the discretion of Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, who reminded Goodman his maximum sentence could be 20 years, with eight to serve, placing him on probation the rest of the time.

Goodman was arrested in April along with Rita Elswick, who is still facing meth-dealing charges.

Case reports indicate that a confidential informant allegedly exchanged a box of pseudoephedrine with Elswick for a half gram of meth.

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