By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - A Kingsford woman has been sentenced to serve three months in jail for assisting in the manufacture of methamphetamine at a residence in Iron Mountain.
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Kristy Patrick, left, appears for sentencing in Dickinson County Circuit Court with her attorney Daniel Jaspen.
Kristy Patrick, 34, will also serve one year and six months of probation.
She was sentenced on one felony count of attempted operating or maintaining a meth lab.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, Patrick purchased Sudafed on six occasions and provided it to a co-defendant, 38-year-old Chad Lessor of Kingsford, in exchange for finished meth.
Patrick was also present on two occasions while Lessor made meth in a residence on East A Street in Iron Mountain, the complaint states.
Lessor was sentenced in August to serve a minimum of five years in prison.
During Patrick's sentencing in Dickinson County Circuit Court, her attorney Daniel Jaspen pointed out that Patrick has no prior criminal record.
He also said that while Patrick was initially in denial about her involvement in the case, she has now come to terms with what she has done.
Dickinson County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carl Downing said that even though Patrick has no prior record, the manufacture of meth is a serious offense.
"This is something we're just not going to tolerate," he said.
When given a chance to speak, Patrick apologized.
Judge Mary Barglind commended Patrick for finally admitting to her wrongdoing.
Like Downing, Judge Barglind also spoke about the dangers of meth.
"I used to say that heroin is the worst drug out there, but it's been surpassed," she said. "This is the worst thing we've seen in this community."
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