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Woman gets 14 years for selling meth


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A 42-year-old Columbus woman who pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine to an undercover police informant last June has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on the drug charge.

Bartholomew County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann sentenced Lisa D. Kelsay of 2241 Mapleton Court last week. She had pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine as a Class B felony late last year.

A police affidavit filed in the court record said a police informant outfitted with a wire device bought $100 worth of methamphetamine from Kelsay at the Mapleton Court address June 20, then made another buy monitored by narcotics officers six days later.

Investigators said Kelsay was heard on the recording of the first purchase telling the informant as she pulled a quantity of meth from her bra, “I’m going to get some more; that was all I have for now.”

Heimann cited Kelsay’s “lengthy criminal history,” which included two other felonies, as aggravating circumstances in the case.

Her June 2013 methamphetamine arrest came while she was on probation in connection with another case, the judge said.

Kelsay also was ordered to pay $168 in court costs and $300 in restitution to the Columbus Police Department.

Under Indiana law, a Class B felony is punishable by six to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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