Woman pleads guilty to dealing charge

One of two Shelby County residents arrested in February near Seymour for dealing in methamphetamine more than 10 grams has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Veronica Sue Keller, 46, of Shelbyville received that sentence after pleading guilty to the Level 2 felony offense in Jackson Circuit Court.

Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter’s order will allow her to serve the final three years of her sentence on home detention if the first 20 years are served without violation of Indiana Department of Correction rules.

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Keller had been scheduled to stand trial at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10 in Jackson Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty to that charge in September, and her sentencing hearing was conducted earlier this month.

The incident that led to Keller’s arrest Feb. 12 began when state police used an informant to conduct a controlled buy from her and her boyfriend, Brian Lee Supinger, 37, of Shelbyville, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by Detective Mike Bennett with the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section.

Supinger is scheduled to stand trial at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10.

The controlled buy was conducted at a residence in the Dudleytown area, where the pair had driven to deliver methamphetamine to the informant, according to court records. During the arrests, police reported they seized a plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Poynter gave Keller 218 days credit and 72.66 days of good time credit for the time she has spent in jail since her arrest.

As a condition of home detention, Keller has to submit to testing for controlled substances and alcohol. She also must submit to an alcohol and drug abuse program approved by Jackson Jennings Community Corrections for evaluation and treatment and/or therapy if indicated.

Keller was also ordered to pay court costs, home detention fees if applicable, a $200 drug interdiction fee, a $500 public defender fee and the costs of the alcohol and drug abuse program.

Others involved in the arrest of the pair include New Albany Detective Brian Reardon, ISP Detective Barry Brown and Trooper Stephen Wheeles.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.