The Washington Times-Herald

August 30, 2013

Choate sentenced to 15 years

By Nate Smith Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald

---- — A Vincennes man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for meth dealing in Washington earlier this year.

James E. Choate II, 43, will serve 11 years in the state Department of Corrections following his sentencing in Daviess Superior Court. The remaining four years of the sentence was suspended and put on probation.

Choate pled guilty to conspiracy to commit dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony, in July as part of a plea agreement. He was originally faced with two counts of the felony dealing charge and a count of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

He was arrested Feb. 5 after U.S. Marshals, along with Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies and Washington police tried to serve a warrant on Choate at 17 Coronado Drive.

According to the probable cause affidavit, after smelling possible meth ingredients, the deputy marshals knocked on the door and then three people scrambled about the house and tried to block the front door. The deputy marshals then breached the door while officers secured the perimeter of the house.

A female, Angela Stapleton, was first secured then Choate and another male, Adam L. Conger, 26, 8 E. Hefron St., then were brought out of the house by deputy marshals. They told deputies they had to subdue Choate with a Taser-like device.

The affidavit then read Choate then tried to fight with officers before being taken to the Daviess County Security Center.

The two other individuals in the raid are still in custody awaiting trial. Conger was charged with two Class B felony counts of dealing in methamphetamine and is tentatively scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 19.

Stapleton was charged with a single count of dealing in methamphetamine and proceedings have not been scheduled after a continuance was granted in July.