Seymour man receives prison term for dealing in methamphetamine

A 33-year-old Seymour man recently was sentenced to 20 years in prison for dealing in methamphetamine.

Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter, however, suspended 10 years of Joseph Keith Evans’ sentence, placing him on supervised probation for that period.

Evans also received 214 days of credit time and 71 days good time credit for time served since his arrest in January 2016.

The sentence stems from the arrest of Evans and his wife, Toni Evans, 33, after an investigation at the home the couple shared in the 900 block of West Oak Street. Toni Evans faces a change of plea agreement hearing at 2:30 p.m. March 10 in Jackson Circuit Court.

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The couple were arrested on Level 2 felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine, Level 3 felony charges of possession of methamphetamine between 10 and 28 grams and Level 6 felony charges of maintaining a common nuisance. The state agreed to dismiss the second and third counts against Joseph Evans as part of the plea agreement.

The arrests occurred after an investigation into reports of possible drug activity at the residence was conducted by Jackson Jennings Community Corrections officers J.D. Woods and Mike Ponsler. Seymour officers Seth Sage and Jim Handley assisted.

During a search of the residence, police said they found multiple items of drug paraphernalia, 19.8 grams of crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and $1,306.75 in cash.

While talking to the couple, Handley said he learned they had been selling methamphetamine out of the home, and the money located was a result of those sales. All of the items located were seized, photographed and placed into evidence for trial.