Plea deal reached in school meth-making case

Police: Man made meth inside school

PRINCETON, Ind. - A southern Indiana man accused of making methamphetamine inside a school where he worked as a custodian has reached a proposed plea agreement.

The Princeton Daily Clarion reported that Michael C. Shafer tentatively pleaded guilty last week to knowingly making meth on Dec. 21, 2011.

A Gibson County judge scheduled a Feb. 26 hearing on the Oakland City man's plea.

Shafer's proposed plea calls for a Class A felony charge of making meth within 1,000 feet of a school to be reduced to a B felony and would dismiss lesser felony counts that include possession of meth.

Shafer was arrested after authorities found an explosion-prone "one-pot" method of making meth in a storage area on the main campus of the East Gibson School Corporation in Oakland City.

The plea agreement calls for a 12-year sentence, and it will be up to a judge to decide whether Shafer will serve the first half of that sentence in jail, on work release or on home detention.

Shafer is expected to be on probation for the second half of the sentence, if the agreement is accepted.

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