The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 14, 2013

Courts: Suspended sentences granted in meth case

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — A District court judge granted suspended sentences for a Clinton woman in connection with the manufacturing of methamphetamine in her home.

Family members and friends cheered in the courtroom, thanking Judge Mark Lawson after he suspended three sentences of incarceration for Daffiney Devries, 33.

On Oct. 31, she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of precursors with the intent of manufacturing meth and child endangerment. The sentencing was held last Thursday, Dec. 5, but was continued a week to allow Defense Attorney Bruce Ingham to see if Devries was eligible for a suspended sentence in light of a previous drug conviction almost 10 years ago.

Ingham argued that his client is working toward changing and bettering her life and acknowledging her mistakes. Devries previously admitted in court that between March 1 and June 4, she allowed her ex-husband, Jason Devries, to manufacture meth in the home in which a child lived. She also admitted that she possessed pseudoephedrine to manufacture meth.

Assistant County Attorney Amanda Meyers and Ingham told Lawson that Devries has cooperated with law enforcement since her arrest, providing valuable information to the authorities. Ingham asked that she receive probation and treatment, preferably at Hightower Place through New Directions.

“She is ready to attend and successfully complete any program that the court requires her to,” Ingham said.

Meyers initially recommended prison time. However, the pre-sentencing investigation from the Iowa Department of Corrections recommended suspended sentences.

The defendant told the court that she has had a lot of time to think since her arrest, having served 192 days. She added that she believed God intervened in her life in June to save the life of herself and her children.

“I’m ready now to face my issues and address them accordingly,” Devries said.

Lawson said he took in to account her cooperation with the police, as well as her age, remorse and the PSI, when considering her sentence. He also considered the amount of resources available to her and the fact that her last conviction was a decade ago.

“That does not take away the seriousness of the situation,” Lawson said. “I want to make sure there is a lot hanging over your head.”

He sentenced her to no more than 10 years in prison for the first charge and no more than five years for each of the other two charges. However, the incarceration was suspended.

Devries must complete three years probation and reside and complete all treatment at Hightower Place. She will remain in the Clinton County Jail until a bed is available.

Lawson also imposed a $1,000 and two $750 fines. All but one of the $750 fines were suspended. She must pay $360 in court-appointed attorney fees and her driver’s license is revoked 180 days.