COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man who had pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. Nicholas Morthorst, 25, was sentenced 10 years for the charge â€” which is a Class B felony. He will serve six years of the sentence with the other four being suspended.
Morthorst had several family members write to the court who were concerned for the outcome of his sentence. His uncle, Thomas Morthorst, took the stand and testified on behalf of his nephew.
Circuit Court Judge James Heuer acknowledge the mitigating circumstances of the family support Morthorst received. He said, though, that there were also aggravating circumstances, including Morthorstâ€™s record as a juvenile. It was for this reason that he gave the 10-year sentence.
â€śHopefully you can avail yourself of a rehab program while you are in jail,â€ť Heuer said, adding that once Morthorst was eligible for work release, he would be considered for it.
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