Adam Overmyer, 39, of Pierceton, Indiana, and Brian Slone, 40, of Silver Lake, Indiana, were both sentenced pursuant to plea agreements in Judge Robert O. Bowen’s Marshall County Superior Court No. 1. Overmyer and Slone were codefendants in a case that arose as a result of a traffic stop in March of 2017. Overmyer was sentenced on December 6, 2017 and Slone was sentenced on January 18, 2018. Judge Bowen approved the agreement for Overmyer between Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tami Napier and defense attorney Tom Strickler as well as approved the agreement for Slone between Napier and defense attorney Arvil Howe. Both Strickler and Howe are from South Bend.
The case arose on March 5, 2017 when Bremen Police Department Sgt. Trent Stouder stopped a speeding vehicle in which Overmyer was a front seat passenger and Slone was the driver. Slone appeared impaired. Sgt. Stouder detained Slone after he failed field sobriety tests. Sgt. Stouder then determined that Overmyer had an active Kosciusko County warrant. Both men and a back seat passenger, a female, were taken into custody. Subsequently, a search of Slone’s vehicle revealed a Taco Bell bag previously located between Overmyer’s feet contained over 90 grams of methamphetamine, 2.8 grams of cocaine and related drug paraphernalia.
Overmyer pled guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine as a Level 3 felony and Possession of Paraphernalia as a Class C Misdemeanor. Overmyer was sentenced to 10 years incarceration with 7 of the years in the Indiana Department of Correction followed by 3 years in Community Corrections.
Slone pled guilty to Possession of Cocaine as a Level 5 felony and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated as a Class A Misdemeanor. Slone will be serving a 4 year sentence requiring drug rehabilitation treatment through Community Corrections.
The backseat female passenger, Faith Cooper, pled guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine as a Level 6 felony very soon after the initial filing of the case.
Prosecuting Attorney Nelson Chipman was pleased with the outstanding work of Sgt. Trent Stouder of the Bremen Police Department. Prosecutor Chipman stated that methamphetamine abuse accounts for a significant amount of crime in Marshall County.
“Methamphetamine is a drug that menaces any family or community it touches. Active police work, such as Sgt. Stouder’s, is critical to controlling the entry and flow of drugs in our county. The prosecution of these cases is a priority in my office and we support active police work to deter its presence.”