IN COURT: Kohut receives 12-year sentence

COLUMBIA CITY — “You have been so much better since you’ve been off drugs, hopefully you stay that way.”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. Kohut’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 Kohut’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 Kohut’s prior criminal history, outweighed these positive contributions, causing him to sentence beyond the 10-year advisory for a Class B felony.To read the rest of this story, see the June 11 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.