By Mike Perleberg
(Aurora, Ind.) – Half of an Aurora couple accused of running a meth lab at the same home in which they ran a daycare has pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
Jeremy Knigga, 36, and Teresa Knigga, 42, as well as friend Billy Robinson, 34, were arrested in January when Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit detectives acting on a tip discovered the meth lab at the Knigga’s home on Cole Lane.
Teresa Knigga operated Ladybug Daycare out of the home. The couple’s children were present when police searched the residence.
On September 17, Teresa Knigga reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in Dearborn Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty to a charge of Dealing in (Manufacturing) Methamphetamine (Class B felony). Remaining charges of Neglect of a Dependant and Maintaining a Common Nuisance were dismissed.
Judge James D. Humphrey sentenced Knigga to 20 years, with four years in prison and the following 16 years suspended to probation following her release from prison. She was given 490 days good time credit for time already served in jail since her arrest. According to the Indiana Department of Corrections website, she could be released from prison as soon as October 18, 2014. The final 180 days of her prison sentence will be served on in-home incarceration.
As part of her probation, Knigga is not allowed to conduct daycare or babysitting services.
Jeremy Knigga and Billy Robinson’s cases are still scheduled for trial. They were each scheduled to appear Monday in a pretrial hearing.