Area residents get jail time for loaded firearms in vehicles

Published 12:37 pm Wednesday, November 29, 2023

NILES — Three area residents were sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court for having a firearm in their vehicle.

Zackary Lee Crockett, Jr., 36, of Benton Harbor, pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and was sentenced to five days in jail with credit for one day served, forfeiture of his weapon and $258 in fines and costs.

The incident occurred Sept. 12 in Berrien Springs.

Joseph Daniel Lane, 33, of Edwardsburg, pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and was sentenced to seven days in jail with credit for two days served and $258 in fines and costs.

The incident occurred June 15 in Niles.

Angel Delisa Wilson, 42, of Gary, pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and was sentenced to seven days in jail with credit for one day served and $258 in fines and costs.

The incident occurred Aug. 20 in Galien Township.

Judge Smith told all three defendants that owning a firearm is a privilege and responsibility and they need to be aware of the rules involved with carrying a weapon in any state they are traveling through.

In other sentencings:

  • Jeffery James Adkins, 40, of Niles, pleaded guilty to use of meth second offense and was sentenced to credit for 70 days served and $258 in fines and costs. The incident occurred July 14 in Niles.
  • Derik Lamar Drake, 37, of Elkhart, pleaded guilty to use of meth and resisting and obstructing police and was sentenced to credit for 49 days served and $248 in fines and costs. The incident occurred March 22 in Niles.