A Kentucky man convicted last month on four drug charges — including dealing methamphetamine — by a Jefferson Circuit Court jury was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections, all executed.
On Jan. 25, a jury deliberated two hours before reaching a verdict finding Ethan A. Coots, 25, Carrollton, guilty on four charges — Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony; Possession of Methamphetamine (over 28 grams), a Level 3 felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.
Coots and another man, Michael Sanchez Edmondson, 38, of Louisville, were arrested by Madison Police during a traffic stop on March 13, 2022, after a search of the vehicle they were in recovered more than 46 grams of methamphetamine, prescription pills and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
Jefferson County Prosecutor David R. Sutter said he is pleased with the 15-year sentence. “This was a substantial amount of methamphetamine and certainly indicated that Mr. Coots planned to profit from selling the drug,” said Sutter. “It’s gratifying to see the system work as it did in this instance. My office, and all law enforcement personnel in Jefferson County, is committed to stopping the flow of drugs into our community.”
Judge D.J Mote sentenced Coots to 15 years on the dealing charge while the possession charge will be vacated on grounds of double jeopardy. He was sentenced to zero days jail on the possession of a controlled substance charge and six months on the paraphernalia charge to run concurrent.
With the case decided by a jury, Coots retains the right to appeal the verdict and sentence and family members close to his defense have said he plans to exercize that option.
The case against Edmondson is still pending. He was also charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine (10 or more grams), a Level 2 felony; Possession of Methamphetamine (28 or more grams), a Level 3 felony; and Possession of Paraphernalia-Prior Conviction and Possession of Marijuana, both misdemeanors.
So far the court has canceled or postponed several trial dates and pre-trial conferences involving Edmondson. His next pretrial conference is scheduled for March 8 in Jefferson Circuit Court.
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