The former musical director for a local theater who was arrested on drug charges in July will spend the next year on supervised probation.

John Paul Blair, 55, of Crawfordsville, was sentenced Friday to the Indiana Department of Corrections for 459 days with all but time served suspended in favor of probation. A separate case was dismissed for charges that were filed against Blair this week.

Blair was arrested July 21 for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, a hypodermic syringe or needle and paraphernalia. He pleaded guilty Friday to possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony, and the remaining charges were dismissed under a plea agreement. 

His arrest came after police visited Blair’s apartment in an unrelated case in June. While there, an officer noticed a syringe cap and a plastic bag with white residue consistent to methamphetamine sitting on a coffee table. During a search of the apartment, police found 10 syringes, 10 plastic bags with a white residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, a broken spoon that was burnt on the underside of the spoon and a plastic bag containing marijuana.

Police went to Blair’s apartment June 18 to question him about a suspect in a burglary case. Dakota J. Mills, 22, Crawfordsville, was arrested July 10 on charges of possession of a hypodermic syringe or needle, burglary of a dwelling, auto theft and theft. His case is pending in Montgomery Superior Court I with a jury trial scheduled for Nov. 12.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Mills had visited Blair’s apartment June 10 and was a possible suspect in a burglary that occurred in the county that same day. 

This week, prosecutors charged Blair with false informing for information he gave to a Crawfordsville officer who had taken a report June 10 for an incident at Blair’s apartment. According to court records, Blair falsely told the officer that he asked a neighbor to assist in removing an unwanted man from his apartment. Court records state that Blair had actually arranged for Mills to stage a robbery at his apartment to scare the unwanted man into leaving.

That charge was dismissed at Blair’s sentencing hearing Friday.

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