CLINTON — Five people connected to recent area methamphetamine labs were in district court Thursday morning.
District Court Judge Mark Cleve sentenced four and accepted the plea of one individual involved in the manufacture of meth. He granted deferred judgements and three years probation to three of the defendants.
Tonya M. Palmer, 33, pleaded guilty on Sept. 26 to conspiracy to manufacture meth, in connection with a May 17 meth bust at 620 Third Ave., Camanche. According to court documents, Palmer purchased pseuoephedrine more than 25 time, providing more than 70 grams of the drug to Nathan T. Green and Kimberly A. Lane.
Assistant County Attorney Amanda Meyers told Cleve that she would allow a deferred judgement at his discrestion. She told the court that Palmer has no previous felony convictions and has children she has been parenting well.
"I think she is an asset to the community if she can address her substance abuse," Meyers said.
Palmer's attorney, Barbara Maness, asked for a deferred judgement so her client could avoid having a felony on her record. She pointed out that the defendant has maintained a stable residence for seven years and is taking care of her children. She added that Palmer has already began taking substance abuse and mental health treatments.
"Ms. Palmer has taken this seriously," Maness said.
Seth Green was arrested May in connection with the same case as Palmer, pleading guilty on Aug. 22 to conspiracy to manufacture meth and possession of meth precursors with intent to manufacture. His attorney, David Treimer, pointed out Thursday how rare it is to find a 40-year-old with no criminal history, adding that this shows how addictive and life-altering this drug can be at any age.
"It's not teenagers that are using meth," Treimer.
Treimer said his client has no outstanding debt and goes to work every day. Green told Cleve that recent personal issues led to him using methamphetamine, but he hopes to get his life back on track.