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IN COURT: Man sentenced for family meth crimes

November 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man who partnered with his son in methamphetamine manufacturing received a 10-year sentenced to the Whitley County Jail Tuesday.

Jay Greer, 56, will serve six of those 10 years at the jail for assisting in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony. The other four years of the sentence will be served on probation. Judge James Heuer hoped Greer would be able to apply for work release as soon as he was eligible.

Greer’s attorney, Brad Baber, said his client should receive a limited sentence based on his light criminal history and remorse for his crimes.

“Jay admits his meth problem and is very remorseful,” Baber said. “He has endured a lot of grief and heartache over the past few years.”
Baber said two years ago Greer lost his job of 30 years. At the same time he lost two close family members, as well as his house and car due to lack of income. He wished to work while serving his sentence.

“Jay would like to serve on work release,” Baber said. “On his behalf, I ask for the minimum sentence so he can go to work.”

The minimum sentence is six years for a Class B felony.

Baber added that since his arrest in September, Greer has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at the jail and going to church.

Prosecutor Matt Rentschler reminded Heuer before sentencing of those harmed by Greer’s actions.

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