His attorney, Peter Todd, told Shewmaker that Hunter has a severe addiction to alcohol and methamphetamine and asked for suspension of a portion of whatever sentence the judge handed out. Todd suggested the prison sentence be 15 years with a transition to a lesser level of incarceration.
Assistant Prosecutor Donald Pitzer asked for a 16-year sentence with four years suspended. He said Hunter had a meth lab in his car, which was very dangerous because the lab could have exploded. He said Hunter also has a history of probation violations and substance abuse and has had an escape charge, “Which shows his disdain for authority...”
Shemaker sentenced Hunter to 10 years in prison and added six more years for his past record. Four years of the term will be suspended and Hunter must pay a $7,000 fine. Shemaker also ordered addictions treatment for Hunter while he is incarcerated.
In addition, Shewmaker reimposed a two-year sentence for a previous conviction, and that term must be served consecutively, either before or after Hunter’s most recent sentence.
In other court action:
• Shewmaker issued a warrant for Autiana Letaha Jackson after she failed to appear for a hearing on a probation violation charge. She was later arrested and brought into the courtroom, where the judge ordered her into the custody of the sheriff until a hearing could be held.
• Brian R. George, 30, Elkhart, appeared for an initial hearing on three drug charges, dealing in cocaine, a Class A felony, dealing in cocaine, Class B felony and possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony.
Judge Shewmaker entered not guilty pleas on George’s behalf and set bond at $200,000.
• Shewmaker set a $50,000 bond for Tabatha Renee Woods, 36, Bedford, Ind., on a charge of probation violation. She is accused of not completing her community service, not paying fees and not reporting her change of address.