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A 30-year-old Indianapolis man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for dealing cocaine.
Derrick Averitte of Indianapolis, who pleaded guilty to the Class B felony charge, was sentenced by Bartholomew Circuit Judge Stephen Heimann. Averitte will get credit for 280 days in jail already served and will pay $168 in court costs.
Averitte’s girlfriend, Tenesha J. Green, 34, of 3578 Nicholas Lane, is due to be sentenced on the same level of charge next month, court records show.
Averitte was arrested Jan. 8 outside a convenience store at National Road and Central Avenue after narcotics officers observed him taking part in a drug deal.
Police later found Green at home on Nicholas Lane and arrested her.
Police said at the time of their arrests that Averitte had been dealing in multiple forms of cocaine, while Green mostly sold small amounts of crack cocaine.
In his sentencing order Tuesday, Heimann noted that Averitte was on probation at the time of his January arrest and has a long criminal history.
The judge said Averitte has had 13 convictions, including eight felonies.
Averitte will also have to pay $1,100 in restitution to the county, the judge ordered.
Meanwhile, Green also has pleaded guilty to a Class B felony of dealing cocaine.
She is due to return to Heimann’s court Nov. 7 to be sentenced, court records show.
Under Indiana law, a Class B felony can carry a prison sentence of six to 20 years and a fine up to $10,000.
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