A request has been denied for a Cloverdale man serving a prison sentence for methamphetamine possession to be released into a community transition program.
Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley sentenced Michael L. Kolesar, 26, in January to a five-year Department of Correction sentence with 21 months served in jail, three months served on home detention and the balance of the sentenced served on probation.
Kolesar was determined in late April by the state to be eligible for the community transition program. His case was forwarded to Putnam County Community Corrections, who filed a recommendation in early May. Ultimately, it was Headley who denied Kolesar's entry into the transition program.
Had Kolesar been approved for the program, he would have still technically been a DOC inmate, but he would have been on electronic home monitoring on work release.
Kolesar was charged with Class C possession of methamphetamine, while a charge of Class A felony dealing methamphetamine was dropped under the terms of a plea agreement.
After a traffic stop on July 11, police found more than 20 grams of meth in a car Kolesar was driving. The vehicle belonged to Nancy A. Tarpley, 51, of Indianapolis, who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the stop.
Police also found meth in Kolesar's front pants pocket, court records said.
On Dec. 4, Tarpley was convicted of Class C felony possession of methamphetamine over 3 grams and was sentenced to six years in prison with three executed and three suspended.