Two men get jail time for meth possession

Published 2:47 pm Friday, December 10, 2021

CASSOPOLIS – Two men were sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court to one year in jail on drug charges.

Justin Edward Syx, 32, of Magician Lake Road in Dowagiac, pleaded guilty to both possession of meth and possession of meth as a habitual offender and was sentenced to 365 days in jail. He has credit for 175 days served on the habitual offender case and for 113 days served in the other case. He must pay $2,246 in fines and costs.

The habitual offender incident occurred March 14 in Dowagiac, while the other incident occurred Aug. 19 also in Dowagiac. Syx also faces charges in Berrien County.

“He is making a mess of things in his life,” Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz said. “He also has an assaultive flavor to his lifestyle in addition to drug convictions. This is not a good track record. I do give him credit, he was honest with officers.”

In another case, an Edwardsburg man was also sentenced to a year in jail for possession of meth.

Leon Lindell Myrick, 32, of State Line Road in Edwardsburg, pleaded guilty to possession of meth and was sentenced to 365 days in jail with credit for 273 days already served. He must pay $1,548 in fines and costs.

He also pleaded guilty to attempted tampering with evidence and was given credit for 225 days already served. He must pay $698 in fines and costs. He also had his probation revoked from a 2019 possession of fentanyl conviction.

The meth incident occurred Nov. 8, 2019, in Cassopolis when he was taken to the hospital for a drug overdose after going to a probation appointment. The attempted tampering with evidence incident occurred Nov. 19, 2019, in Dowagiac when he cut his tether and absconded.

Cass County Circuit Judge Mark Herman noted that Myrick’s wife died of cancer during this time, and Myrick has said that his time in jail has been the best thing to happen to him as it has allowed him to process his grief.

“Realize that when you do get out, there will be other stressful things that will come along,” he said. “You have to make sure you stay engaged in services.”

“You’ve been using drugs more than half of your life,” the judge added. “Without treatment and counseling, I will see you back here unless you engage in services. … You will be in prison at age 50 like your father was. He’s showing you where the wrong choice will lead you.”