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Scarbrough (AP)
Elkhart woman convicted of dealing in meth sentenced
Posted on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:12 p.m.

GOSHEN — An Elkhart woman who pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine was released to her family after her sentencing hearing in Elkhart’s Circuit Court.

Elizabeth Scarbrough, 54, was charged with attempting to manufacture meth and maintaining a common nuisance in July 2012.

She pleaded guilty to dealing in meth as a Class B felony Nov. 7, and agreed to a sentence of 10 years in prison. Judge Shewmaker suspended six years and ordered her to complete reporting probation.

The court agreed for Scarbrough to complete the four years of her executed sentence at Elkhart County’s Community Corrections.

Scarbrough and her co-defendant, Joseph Bell, 54, were arrested June 17, 2012, following a traffic stop.

Bell requested a bench trial, and one was held Aug. 30. Bell disputed the accusation that he was attempting to manufacture more than three grams of meth.

The court found Bell guilty of manufacturing more than three grams of meth and judge Terry Shewmaker sentenced Bell to 30 years in prison. The sentence was enhanced by three years for a total of 33 years. The judge suspended four years of the sentence and ordered Bell to serve on reporting probation.

The court agreed to release Scarbrough later Wednesday. Scarbrough was ordered to return to court Feb. 6 for a status conference.