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January 24, 2014

Woman sentenced for meth

CLINTON A Clinton woman will face up to 10 years in prison after being sentenced Thursday for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Annette K. Curtis, 51, of Clinton was sentenced to incarceration Thursday and although judge Mark Lawson waived the mandatory one third minimum sentence, she could serve as much as seven years in the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Curtis pleaded guilty on Dec. 10 to conspiracy to manufacture meth, a class C felony, after her Sept. 23 arrest.

Although the regional correctional facility was an alternative option to Lawson, Curtis' acceptance was denied because of a prior federal drug offense conviction and incarceration was the only other solution.

Her attorney, Dana Copell, argued that Curtis' long history of substance abuse has been the cause of her criminal behavior and that drug treatment options would be the best rehabilitation of her client.

But Lawson felt because of her age, her prior incarceration, continued substance abuse, the severity of her crime and the safety of the community, another stay with the department of corrections was the only way to rehabilitate Curtis.

"Your prior incarceration didn't seem to have an effect on you so hopefully this one will," Lawson said.

Along with her prison sentence, Curtis also will be required to undergo substance abuse treatment as well as mental health evaluations throughout the duration of her stay.

In her address to the court and to her family, Curtis apologized for her actions and said that this prison term is the one that will help her straighten out her life.

"I'm sorry to my family. I was being selfish in my (drug) use," Curtis said. "I'm sorry to the court. I want to get better. I want to be in society like a normal human being is supposed to be."

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