Woman sentenced to 8 years in prison

GREENFIELD — A Morristown woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison after admitting to dealing cocaine while part of a drug-court program aimed at keeping offenders clean.

Lacy M. Seaton, 24, 1245 S. Popular St., appeared before Hancock Circuit Court Judge Richard Culver this week to plead guilty in the criminal case, in which sheriff’s deputies said she sold more than 1 gram of cocaine to a confidential informant earlier this year, according to court records.

She also was sentenced for violating a drug-court order from a previous case, records show.

In April, police began investigating Seaton because they believed she was selling narcotics in Hancock County. Seaton arranged to sell cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department between April and May of this year, according to charging documents.

The confidential informant arranged the drug deal with Seaton through texts and phone conversations, court records state.

The confidential informant was then provided an undisclosed amount of money to buy the narcotics and was given an audio recording device. A Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy watched as Seaton gave the informant the cocaine in exchange for the money, court records state.

She was charged in May with dealing in cocaine as a Level 4 felony. At that time, she was serving time in a diversion program known as Hancock County Drug Court, records show. The program aims to help offenders dealing with substance abuse overcome addictions when serving time.

Seaton was first arrested in Hancock County in July 2016 and charged with possession of a narcotic drug, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe, all Level 6 felonies. Last November, she pleaded guilty to possession of a narcotic drug and was sentenced to Hancock County Drug Court. The other charges against her were dismissed, documents show.

When the drug-dealing charges were filed against her in April, she also was accused of violating Drug Court protocols.

This week, she accepted a deal with the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office that closed both cases. She pleaded guilty to dealing in cocaine. At the same time, she admitted to violating the terms of her previous sentence.

Culver ordered Seaton to serve eight years in prison. The sentence will run consecutively to her sentence for the drug court violation. In that case, she was sentenced to 365 days in prison and was given credit for 131 days she’s already served in the Hancock County Jail.

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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.