Seymour man gets 14-year sentence

Ruling follows guilty plea for dealing methamphetamine, other charges dropped

A 38-year-old Jackson County man who recently pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Cornelius Neal Brownlow Jr. of Seymour received that sentence June 27 from Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter.

The judge did not suspend any of that sentence. The case began Oct. 12, 2016, with a report of a domestic disturbance at a home in the 500 block of East Fourth Street in Seymour, according to Seymour Detective Brian Moore’s report.

Brownlow was arrested after police conducted a search of the residence and found $9,568 in the left front pocket of Brownlow’s pants and another $30 in his wallet, according to the probable cause affidavit.

During the investigation, police said they learned Brownlow and a woman, Marquita L. Robinson, had moved into the home about a week earlier. Witnesses said after the two moved in, there were a lot of people coming and going into the house each day.

During a search of the residence, a shed and Brownlow, police reported finding about 3.3 grams of Ecstasy; 12 grams of marijuana; 6.5 grams of cocaine; 2 grams of methamphetamine; a glass marijuana pipe; and a Samsung Galaxy cellphone.

Brownlow was arrested on Oct. 12 on the Level 2 felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine; a Level 3 felony charge of dealing in cocaine; two Level 4 felonies of dealing in a narcotic drug and a third Level 4 felony of dealing in methamphetamine; a Level 5 felony of dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance; a Level 6 felony of visiting/maintaining a common nuisance; and Class A misdemeanor charges of dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

The remaining charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal in which Poynter gave Brownlow 258 days actual credit and 86 days of good time credit. Brownlow also must pay court costs, a $500 public defender fee and a $300 drug interdiction fee.

Robinson was arrested for maintaining a common nuisance. A change of plea agreement had been set for Friday in her case, but it was cancelled and has yet to be rescheduled.

Police also had spent about $2,200 purchasing drugs from Brownlow in the past, according to court records.

If Brownlow successfully completes the state Department of Correction’s Purposeful Incarceration program, he can request a sentence modification allowing him to serve his sentence on home detention. Established in 2009, the state works in collaboration with judges who can sentence chemically-addicted offenders and document that they will “consider a sentence modification” should the offender successfully complete an IDOC Therapeutic community program.

The goal of the program is to get addicted offenders the treatment they need and work collaboratively to support their successful re-entry into society, according to the state Department of Correction’s website.