New Paris woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for meth dealing

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Alysha Eppard (Photo supplied/Elkhart County jail)

A New Paris woman is going to prison for dealing methamphetamine, bonding out of jail, then dealing methamphetamine again.

21-year-old Alysha Eppard received a total of 35 years in prison Thursday, with five years suspended. She took a plea deal where she pleaded guilty to two Level 2 felonies and had her total prison time capped at 30 years.

She was arrested in August 2016 after she dealt 3.5 grams of meth to an undercover Elkhart County ICE officer. while having over 23 grams of meth on her After bonding out of jail, she was arrested once again on Jan. 9, 2017 after a traffic stop where she was caught with over 16 grams of meth in her possession.

During sentencing, the Elkhart Truth reports she asked to be put in a prison program where she could get resentenced later upon completion. She has a three-year-old daughter and she told the judge she wanted to see her grow up.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Christofeno agreed to put her in the program, but it won’t be right away.

 

“This is going to be a long sentence because you’re a drug dealer,” Judge Christofeno told Eppart. “This is a big, big, serious case, it’s not some little nickel and dime deal. You bonded out and then you did it again. I don’t know if you know how stupid that is. You’re going to sit down there a long time and not watch your little girl grow up, and it’s nobody’s fault but your own. As much as you’re suffering, you should think about how much your daughter is suffering.”

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