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November 2, 2013

Four sentenced in connection with meth labs


Defense Attorney Bob McGee told the court that his client, Kyle Humlick, 23, is a classic case of the tragedy substance abuse can have on a person's life.

"Drugs will consume you if you aren't of a mind to deal with it," McGee said.

Humlick was arrested in early May and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine on Oct. 3. He told the court that he is sorry for what he did and put his family through, adding that appreciates a chance to prove himself.

"I have a little boy at home who needs his dad," Humlick said. "I just want to have a normal life."

Palmer and Humlick were ordered to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and Green was ordered to pay a $1,000 and a $750 penalty. Cleve ordered them all to receive substance abuse and mental health evaluations and treatments, warning them that if they do not follow these requirements, they could face jail time.

Benjamin R. Ross was also sentenced Thursday, for conspiracy to manufacture meth. Cleve ordered him to serve as much as 10 years in prison, based on recommendations from the pre-sentencing investigation and Meyers.

Meyers explained Thursday that this is Ross' second drug conviction. In 2011 he was given treatment and sent to the Residential Correctional Facility.

"And here we are, just a short time later involved in drug activity again," Meyers said.

According to court documents, Ross was arrested after Clinton and Camanche police conducted a follow-up investigation on a forgery case at 3124 Lincoln Way. Contents from a one-pot methamphetamine laboratory was found in the home, in which Ross resided.

Based on his previous conviction, Ross will be required to serve at least one third of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

A Clinton woman pleaded guilty to aiding and abbetting the conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of meth precursors and child endangerment. Daffiney Devries, 33, admitted in court Thursday that between March 1 and June 4, she allowed her ex-husband, Jason Devries to manufacture meth in the home in which her 4-year-old child resided. She also admitted to possessing pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing meth.

Devries could be heard sniffling in the court room as Cleve explained that the conspiracy charge– a class C felony– could carry as much as 10 years in prison. Each of the other two charges could carry as much as five years.Jason Devries was sentenced on Oct. 24 to up to 10 years in prison.

Her sentencing is set for 10 a.m. on Dec. 15.


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