GREENVILLE – On Tuesday morning, 36-year-old Joseph A. Brown of Union City, Ind. pleaded guilty to Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the second degree. He was immediately sentenced by Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein to serve a term of four years in prison. Brown was also ordered to pay a mandatory drug fine of $7,500 plus court costs.
Brown was arrested in Greenville on Aug. 28, 2015 at a home on Sweitzer St. where he was found to be in possession of items used to manufacture methamphetamine. He has been incarcerated on a $75,000 bond since his arrest. A trial was set to begin in the case on Feb. 16. He is credited with 166 days and will be placed on post release supervision upon the completion of the sentence.
According to online court records, Brown was sentenced in Municipal Court on several misdemeanor charges in November 2015, including Assault and Theft. He is ordered to serve 29 days in jail following the completion of the felony meth case.
Brown was involved in a counterfeit money investigation in May 2015 in which he and a co-defendant were arrested for Forgery. According to Darke County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby, the state dismissed this case after Brown was indicted on the more severe felony and would not be re-filed in the future.
Brown was represented by defense attorney Kristina M. Coen.