GOSHEN — Four people accused of dealing in methamphetamine in separate incidents — one of which resulted in a house fire — pleaded guilty to their charges Thursday morning, August 7 in Elkhart Circuit Court.
Derrick Perkey, 24, of Elkhart, pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in meth. He agreed to a capped sentence of 30 years in prison.
Perkey was arrested a few hours after the Elkhart Fire Department was called to 2701 Ridgewood Apartments for reports of an apartment fire early June 20, 2013. A witness told police Perkey stopped at his home that morning, and his hands looked like they had been burned.
Police found Perkey in the 400 block of Jackson Place, where he admitted to having manufactured meth several times in the past.
James Jones, 37, of Elkhart, was arrested Jan. 2 in the 53000 block of C.R. 9. Jones, along with Rebecca Carey, 26, and Thomas Pefley, 28, are accused of attempting to manufacture meth Jan. 1.
Jones agreed to a sentence of 20 years in prison, with five of those years suspended and on probation.
Kerry Sponseller, 40, of Elkhart, was arrested April 25 in the 2600 block of DeCamp Avenue. He was charged with dealing in meth within 1,000 feet from a family housing complex and two counts of possession of marijuana.
Sponseller pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in meth and agreed to a sentence of 17 years in prison, which seven will be suspended.
Brittany Freeling, 24, of Elkhart, pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in meth. Freeling was charged with two counts of dealing in meth and one count of neglect of a dependent. She was arrested on a warrant Oct. 28, 2013.
By pleading guilty to one count and having the other two dismissed, Freeling agreed that her sentence should be up to the court’s discretion.
The court scheduled a sentencing hearing for all four defendants at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 4.
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