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Man gets 8 years on meth charge

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A Nineveh man arrested last fall on a charge of dealing in methamphetamine has pleaded guilty to a lesser felony.

David W. Denson, 42, whose address was listed in court records as 8442 Sweetwater Trail, was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison by Bartholomew County Circuit Court Judge Stephen R. Heimann.

The eight-year sentence was the maximum allowed as a Class C felony under Indiana law for possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

The charge of dealing in methamphetamine would have been a Class B felony carrying a six- to 20-year prison term. A Class C felony provides for a prison sentence of two to

eight years under state law.

In sentencing Denson, the judge pointed to what he said was the defendant’s lengthy criminal history, which included 17 convictions and 10 felony cases over a number of years. The defendant had gone on probation previously and has had probation revoked 11 times, the judge said in his sentencing order.

“Treatment has been afforded the defendant on numerous occasions and (it) has not been effective,” Heimann said.

Denson will get credit for 163 days already served in jail. He also was ordered to pay $166 in court costs and nearly $1,425 in restitution to the Indiana State Police.

Heimann recommended that Denson be placed in a state Department of Correction PLUS program, or Purposeful Living Units Serve plan, which through faith-based or character-based initiatives attempts to teach inmates fundamental values to strengthen their spiritual and moral character and help them master life skills.

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