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Cambria Cook Squanders a Chance at Diversion and Instead Gets a Felony Conviction and is Sentenced to 4 Years for Dealing Methamphetamine

October 31, 2018

Prison_SentenceCambria Cook, 23, of Rochester, was sentenced by agreement on October 24, in Marshall Superior Court No. 1.  Cook will serve 3 years imprisonment at the Indiana Department of Correction followed by 1 year of reporting probation for pleading guilty to one count of Level 4 Dealing Methamphetamine.  The remaining counts were dismissed in exchange for her admission of guilt as a well as a Level 6 pending matter.  Judge Robert O. Bowen approved the agreement between Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tami Napier and defense attorney Joe Simanski.

In open court, Cook admitted that in May of 2017 she sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant in a controlled buy that was digitally monitored and recorded by the Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team.

Prosecuting Attorney Nelson Chipman expressed his deep disappointment with Cook as she had earlier been selected as a candidate for Felony Pretrial Diversion.  Chipman noted, “We were the sixth county to establish Felony Pretrial Diversion program to allow individuals to keep their clean record by admitting to their guilt and to enter into an agreement and complete certain programs and pay a fee.  Ms. Cook was one of our first cases and was interviewed on December 11, 2017 after being charged with Residential Entry.  While awaiting Court approval, Ms. Cook decided to commit another offense on January 9, 2018.  Thus, our benevolence was met with defiance.  Not a good mix.”

The result is for Ms. Cook to now carry with her a felony conviction and serve a three year sentence of incarceration.