Local men sentenced on drug, firearms chargesPublished 3:45pm Wednesday, October 28, 2009
By NORMAL LERNER
Andrew Novotny, 24, of 56641 Glenwood Rd., Cassopolis, was sentenced to 18 months probation plus 90 days in jail for possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and maintaining a drug house and possession of marijuana.
Prosecutor Victor Fitz said the defendant also has guns in his house, and new charges show the defendant has pipe bombs. He claims he has marijuana for medical purposes, but he was selling it, Fitz said. This week he has charges authorized for hiding a weapon and murder-related charges in the death of Patrick Carter, 27, of Dowagiac. His fines and costs are $758.
• Douglas Barbour, 34, of 14826 Walden Drive, Vandalia, wa sentenced to four to 20 years in prison for 14 counts of use of firearms, receiving and concealing stolen property, conspiracy to break and enter an unoccupied building, unlawful use of license plate and delivery of controlled substances methamphetamine between May 2006 and May 2007 on Diamond Island of Diamond Lake, Cassopolis.
The victim said he was disgusted with Barbour for invading his home while he and his family were grieving over the lost of a loved one. “You are a selfish and despicable man for stealing from us,” the victim said. “Enjoy prison. You belong there.”
Fitz said Barbour stole property in Michigan and Indiana. He did breaking and entering to churches, homes and businesses. “His lifestyle was drugs and dishonesty,” he said.
Three others were involved, and would steal things for Barbour and he would pay them with meth. He would then sell property on eBay.
Barbour was sentenced to $1,656 and restitution of $138,751, with more to be determined later.