Goshen man pleads guilty to cocaine dealing charges, sentenced to 32 years in prison
A Goshen man was sentenced last week to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to dealing cocaine.
According to a report from the Goshen News, 31-year-old Alvaro Gonzalez-Diaz was sentenced by Judge Terry Shewmaker in Elkhart Circuit Court on Thursday, May 8.
He was given credit for the 487 days he had already served since his arrest on Jan. 16, 2013.
Gonzalez-Diaz, who was originally charged with five counts of dealing cocaine, had pleaded guilty to one count, a class A felony.
Prosecutors said Gonzalez-Diaz sold cocaine at least five times between June and September 2012. Each transaction involved almost an ounce of the drug, according to the Goshen News.
Defense attorney Mike Yoder told the court his client was selling cocaine to support his own drug and alcohol addictions, not to make money.
He also acknowledged that his client entered the United States illegally at age 17.
According to Elkhart County Jail records, Gonzalez-Diaz had been arrested numerous times since 2001 on preliminary charges including illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage, public intoxication, possession of a narcotic drug and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.