GOSHEN — A man arrested last year after he caused an explosion while cooking methamphetamine at his home pleaded guilty in court Thursday, June 26.
Randolph Sargent, 49, of Elkhart, pled guilty to attempting to deal in meth within 1,000 feet from a family housing complex, a Class A felony. His sentence will be up to the court's discretion.
He faces up to 50 years in prison. During his sentencing hearing, his minister, as well as some friends and family members will testify for Sargent, said Peter Todd, Sargent’s attorney.
Sargent was arrested July 28, 2013, after police found him in the 400 block of Beardsley Avenue with burns on his arms and breathing problems.
Before finding Sargent, police responded to 230 W. Jackson Blvd. to reports of an explosion and a possible fire. Fire crews found items that are commonly used in the making of meth.
Sargent was taken to the hospital, where he told police he got injured from a chemical reaction while trying to manufacture meth in his apartment.
Sargent's sentencing hearing was scheduled tentatively for August 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Elkhart's Circuit Court.