Drug dealers, burglar sentenced in recent Scott Circuit Court plea agreements PDF Print E-mail

Sixteen- and 12-year jail sentences for dealing methamphetamine were handed down to two individuals while a burglar will serve five years for his crime.


According to Prosecutor Jason Mount, Elisa Neace, 23, Austin, received the 16-year sentence for selling undercover investigators an ounce of methamphetamine for $1,600, a Level 2 felony, and dealing in cocaine in the presence of a minor under age 18, a Level 3 felony. She entered her guilty pleas on January 11 in Scott Circuit Court.

She received the same sentence in both cases, with credit for time served of 192 days allowed in both cases. Her time on each will be served concurrently. In both cases, ten years were suspended and shall be served concurrently on supervised probation.

Additionally, Neace, a mother of young children, shall serve her first 20 months at a prison operated by the Indiana Department of Corrections. If she successfully completes those months, she will be transferred to a facility which offers the Therapeutic Communities Program, which provides ways to achieve lasting alcohol/drug recovery. If she is also successful in that program, Judge Roger Duvall noted she will be allowed to petition for a sentence modification.

In both cases, Prosecutor Mount reserved the State’s right to argue against a sentence modification.

Teddy Wayne Abner, 43, Austin, was sentenced on January 12 to concurrently-serving sentences of eight and 12 years, the former for neglect of a dependent and the latter for dealing more than three grams of methamphetamine. The neglect charge resulted from Abner having sold drugs in front of a child. He was given a total of 648 days of credit for time already served. Drug dealing charges were dismissed in the plea agreement.

Both Neace and Abner were charged with the offenses in January of last year. Drug Interdiction Prosecutor Amanda Herald managed both of the cases.

In the case of Franklin D. Sessions, the Seymour resident was sentenced to five years for burglary armed with a deadly weapon.

Sessions was among four men charged in the burglary and theft of thousands of dollars in yard maintenance equipment from a Scott County business in 2014.

Sessions was credited with having already served 202 days of his sentence. Two judgments against him were also entered in the amounts of $2,000 and $38,000 for the losses experienced by the businessman and his insurance company.

One of his co-defendants has been referred to the Veterans Court Program in Floyd County, while the cases against two others are still pending.

Prosecutor Mount managed Sessions’ case.