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COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A Columbia City woman received an eight-year sentence for a crime her own attorney referred to as â€śstupid.â€ť
Krystal Thornsbearry was ordered to serve four years of her eight-year sentence at the Whitley County Jail for dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.
Thornsbearryâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client had several positive traits to offer society.
â€śKrstyal has no drug history and has a good employment history,â€ť he said. â€śShe said this was the dumbest thing sheâ€™s ever done. I agree, it was dumb.â€ť
Voelz explained Thornsbearry was friends with someone who worked as an informant for the Whitley County Drug Task Force. As an informant, this friend, Savannah Hartman, was required to make a certain number of controlled drug buys per month.
In an effort to assist, Thornsbearry agreed to sell some prescription drugs to a third person.
â€śKrystal was trying to help a friend,â€ť Voelz said. â€śFor something she has never done before or since, she is a very low risk to re-offend.â€ť
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said it was a â€śsillyâ€ť crime, but that did not excuse the magnitude of the offense.
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