Elkhart man gets 93 years for dealing cocaine near youth center

Jonathan McPherson will serve his sentence at the Indiana Department of Correction.

Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 9:04 a.m.

An Elkhart man has been sentenced to 93 years behind bars after being convicted of dealing cocaine across the street from a church-run youth club.

Jonathan McPherson’s sentence was handed down Thursday morning, Aug. 14, by Judge George Biddlecome of Elkhart County Superior Court 3, according to the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office.

Following a jury trial from June 23 to June 25, McPherson was found guilty of two counts of dealing cocaine, a class A felony; being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun, a class B felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony; and being a habitual criminal offender.

McPherson was arrested May 30, 2012, by the Elkhart Police Department Drug Unit after law enforcement learned he may have been selling cocaine at a house on Brady Street across the street from a youth club building, according to previous reporting by The Elkhart Truth.

Police bought cocaine from McPherson two different times at the house in controlled buys, then obtained a search warrant for the property.

There, they discovered a handgun, ammunition, digital scales, cocaine residue, baggies used to package cocaine and hundreds of dollars in cash.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Patrick Dowd, deputy prosecuting attorney, made note during the sentencing hearing that McPherson sold cocaine while in possession of a gun from a residence where five children lived instead of dealing from his own home.

McPherson said he plans to appeal both convictions and the sentence. 

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