LIMA — A 37-year-old Lima woman described by prosecutors as a large-scale user and distributor of methamphetamines was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.
Neely Phillips pleaded guilty in July to two counts of aggravated trafficking of drugs, second-degree felonies, and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, felonies of the third degree. The pleas were part of a negotiated deal with prosecutors that called for the state to dismiss three remaining felony charges against her.
Phillips, indicted by an Allen County grand jury on May 17, appeared Monday before Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed for sentencing. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Destiny Caldwell said the defendant was dealing in “a large amount of meth” and has an extensive history of felony convictions. Caldwell also told the judge that Phillips “was engaging in this activity (trafficking) with other individuals” and urged Reed to abide by the sentence stipulated to by the state and defense attorneys.
Reed did just that, sentencing Phillips to six years and five years in prison, respectively, on the first- and second-degree felony charges of aggravated trafficking. She was sentenced to 24 months on each of the aggravated possession charges. Reed ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.
Prior to sentencing, Phillips apologized to Reed “for wasting your time; I didn’t mean to cause this many problems.”
Upon questioning by the judge, the defendant said she started using methamphetamines at around age 21 and has been using the drug ever since.