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Last of drug defendants sentenced in Delta County

January 13, 2010
By Jenny Lancour Escanaba Daily Press

ESCANABA -After begging for help with her drug addiction, the last of seven suspects arrested in connection with drug busts in Delta County last fall,was sentenced in circuit court Tuesday. The arrests were among several regional drug busts made by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET).

Amanda Oneida Brown, 28, Gladstone, was sentenced Tuesday on one count of delivery of a schedule 5 controlled substance stemming from incidents involving the sale of morphine in April 2009 in Escanaba.

Brown pleaded with Circuit Court Judge Stephen Davis to not sentence her to jail but place her in a long-term treatment program because of her five-year drug addiction.

"I can't stop. I've tried. I've tried everything," Brown said, adding she needs drugs to make it through each day. "That's all I know. That's all that I am." She told the judge how she has conned people in the past so she could keep up her drug habits.

Davis said, "How do I know you're not conning me now?...Looking back on your record, I don't see an addiction to drugs...You're here today, not because of the use of drugs, but because of the delivery of drugs...You were selling drugs with your husband."

Davis told Brown if she had been honest and wanted help with her drug problem, there is treatment available, but he's having a tough time giving a sentence for her not to go to jail.

Davis ordered Brown to spend four months in the county jail. She was given credit for nine days served in jail. She also was ordered to pay $128 in fines and costs and $175 restitution to UPSET. Her drivers license will be suspended for six months and restricted after 30 days.

Co-defendant Jason Jerome Couillard, 28, Escanaba, was sentenced Jan. 6 on one count of delivery/manufacturing a controlled substance. He was ordered to spend 105 days in jail and was given credit for 105 days already served. His drivers license was suspended for 30 days and restricted for 150 days. He was ordered to pay $243 in fines and costs.

During his plea, Couillard told the court he sold the drug Diazepam, also known as Valium, in June 2009 in Escanaba.

On Jan. 4, Carl Edward Borchert, 41, Gladstone, was sentenced to nine months in jail on one count of delivery/manufacturing a schedule 5 controlled substance. He was given credit for 103 days already served. Borchert will be placed on probation for nine months. He was ordered to pay $368 in fines and costs.

During his plea in circuit court, Borchert told the court he sold morphine in April 2009 in Gladstone.

Four other co-defendants were sentenced in circuit court in December.

Anthony Wayne McCullough, 45, Escanaba, pleaded guilty to delivery/manufacturing a schedule 5 controlled substance. He was sentenced to nine months in jail and given credit for 30 days served. His drivers license was suspended for 60 days and restricted for 305 days. He was ordered to pay $128 in fines and costs.

During his plea hearing, McCullough told the court he sold Adderall and Vicodin in April 2009 in Escanaba.

Tara Marie Minthorn, 23, Escanaba, pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to deliver a schedule 5 controlled substance. She was sentenced to one month in jail and given credit for eight days served. She will be on probation for 12 months. Her license was suspended for 30 days and restricted for 150 days. She was ordered to pay $518 in fines and costs.

Minthorn's charge stems from incidents involving the sale of the drugs Alprazolam, morphine and Bupernorphine during the fall of 2008 in Escanaba.

Andrew Aaron Nuernberg, 19, and Joseph Lee Brabyn, 18, both of Escanaba, were sentenced through the Holmes Youthful Training Act (HYTA). Sentencings under this status are not made public and allow a defendant opportunity to have a conviction removed from his record if all sentencing and probation requirements are met.

During his plea hearing, Nuernberg pleaded guilty to attempted maintaining a drug house, a misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentencing of one year in jail. The charge stems from incidents involving Adderall and Vicodin in May and June 2009 in Escanaba.

Brabyn was originally arrested on two counts of delivery/manufacturing marijuana, each a maximum four-year felony, stemming from incidents in March and April 2009 in Escanaba. His plea hearing was closed to the public because the defense and prosecution both agreed to a HYTA sentencing.

 
 

 

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