Heroin dealer to serve 4 years in prison

GREENFIELD — A man accused of dealing heroin accepted a plea deal this week from Hancock County prosecutors and will spend four years in an Indiana Department of Correction facility.

Kysharius Davis, 19, 1941 Osmer Ave. Southwest, Wyoming, Michigan, was sentenced Thursday in Hancock Circuit Court to 10 years after pleading guilty to dealing a narcotic drug as a Level 3 felony.

Judge Richard Culver sentenced Davis to four years in a Department of Correction facility, followed by six years of probation.

Davis had asked the judge to allow him to serve his sentence in a community corrections program, saying he has an 8-month-old son born while he was in jail whom he wasn’t met and would like to help raise.

“I just want to be there for him,” Davis told the judge.

Thursday was the second time prosecutors offered Davis a plea deal. Last month, he was scheduled to plead guilty to dealing heroin; he’d signed a plea agreement that called for him to serve jail time.

During routine questioning by Culver, however, Davis said he wasn’t dealing drugs in Hancock County as investigators had said, forcing Culver to toss out the agreement.

Davis was arrested in December on felony charges related to drug possession and dealing narcotics, records show.

A car in which Davis was riding was pulled over for speeding along County Road 800W near the intersection with County Road 300N, officials said.

Officers smelled burnt marijuana coming from the car and proceeded to search the vehicle with a drug-sniffing dog, court records state.

The K-9 found bags of narcotic drugs inside the vehicle, along with a handgun and drug paraphernalia, court documents state.

Police found 15 cellphones, nearly 10 grams of heroin, bags of prescription painkillers and more than $5,000 cash inside the car, court documents state.

Davis and the driver of the car, Turner Ashe, 29, 12155 Pepperwood Drive, Indianapolis, were arrested and each charged with a Level 2 felony count of dealing a narcotic drug; a Level 4 felony count of possession of a narcotic drug; a Level 4 felony count of dealing a controlled substance; and a Class A misdemeanor of carrying an handgun without a license.

A plea agreement from the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office in Ashe’s case has been filed. A sentencing hearing is slated for Nov. 14.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.