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Dealing charges lessened in plea

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

A local man plead guilty to a level four felony count of dealing methamphetamine during his guilty plea hearing on Thursday morning.

Shawn Sellers, 32, Peru, was arrested on December 25, 2017 in Miami County for allegedly possessing meth with the intention to sell to others.

Sellers was charged with a level two felony count of dealing methamphetamine, a level three felony count of dealing in a narcotic drug, and a C misdemeanor for possession of paraphernalia.

According to Sellers’ attorney, Andrew Achey, after thorough negotiations with State Prosecutor, Jeff Sinkovics, the pair were able to come to an agreement that if Sellers pleaded guilty to a level four felony count of dealing methamphetamine, then all of his other charges could be dismissed.

The minimum sentence for a level four felony is two years and the maximum sentence is 12 years, according to Judge Timothy Spahr who presided over the hearing.

Sellers’ plea agreement stated he could spend no more than four years in any form of incarceration. Anything after four years would have to be probation, Achey said.

In turn, Sellers admitted to possessing meth on his person when he was arrested because he had just gotten a resupply of the drugs, and had the intention to sell it to other individuals.

The next hearing in the case is set for June 7 at 1:00 p.m. in Miami County Circuit Court.

In the meantime, the Miami County Probation Office is going to investigate the guilty plea agreement, in which case, the judge is going to review the investigation reports and any statements made by Sellers and his family before he decides to accept or reject Sellers guilty plea agreement.

“Mr. Sellers and myself are hopeful the judge will accept the agreement and he can move on with his life,” Achey said.