DEATH * BY * METH

This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Woman gets 10 years after snubbing drug treatment (Missouri)

Judge Pratte gives woman maximum sentence
By TERESA RESSEL\Daily Journal Staff Writer

FARMINGTON - A lack of interest in a drug treatment program netted a Farmington woman 10 years in prison.

Even though the State Board of Probation and Parole recommended probation in her sentencing assessment report, Geneva Jarvis, 33, of Farmington, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of meth and possession of a chemical with intent to create a controlled substance.

Jarvis' public defender, Ben Campbell, asked Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte to follow the recommendation in the sentencing assessment report.

Prosecuting Attorney Wendy Wexler Horn said she was against out-right probation but would not oppose sentencing the woman through a 120-day drug treatment program.

She reminded the judge that four charges of child endangerment and one charge of possession of a meth precursor drug were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. She said children were present when Jarvis was in possession of these items.

Campbell asked the judge to consider that Jarvis had already spent quite a bit of time in the county jail on this charge and this was the first time she has been in trouble. He said she wanted to get out of jail.

Judge Pratte said he did not understand why she did not want to take advantage of a drug treatment program when she was facing 10 years in prison. The judge went ahead and sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

According to court records, an officer with the Mineral Area Drug Task Force observed Jarvis purchase a box of pseudoephedrine pills from a local retail store. Officers went to her house and were allowed to search her property. The officers found 860 pseudoephedrine pills, meth precursors and paraphernalia and meth.

Officers noted that all of the items including syringes and meth were in reach of four children that resided in the home.

Jarvis told police she was purchasing the pills for meth manufacturers.

In other cases, Jonathan Black, 35, of Farmington, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for two counts of possession of a controlled substance - meth and oxycodone. The judge will consider releasing him on five years of supervised probation after he completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

According to court records, officers were called to a residence in Farmington by Black's mother who was concerned about an odor in her garage that was making her and her dog sick.
Officers found anhydrous ammonia and other ingredients used to make meth, as well as meth residue.

James Taylor III, 19, of St. Louis, was sentenced to five years in prison for three counts of tampering with a motor vehicle. The judge will consider releasing Taylor on five years of supervised probation after he completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Scott Fritz, 40, of Park Hills, was sentenced to four years in prison for fraudulent use of a credit device. The judge will consider releasing him on five years of supervised probation after he completes a 120-day shock incarceration program.

Houston Lane, 18, of Farmington, was sentenced to seven years for tampering with a motor vehicle. The judge will consider releasing him on five years of supervised probation after he completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Clint Richards, 40, of St. Louis, was sentenced to three years in prison for driving while intoxicated.

Kelly Castor, 36, of Farmington, was sentenced to seven years in prison for second-degree burglary.

Robert A. Radford Jr., was sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating the probation he received for stealing, second-degree assault, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and delivery of meth.

Brad Lynn Owen, 25, of Bonne Terre, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation he received for possession of meth. The judge will consider releasing him on five years of supervised probation after he completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Russell Eye, 36, of Ste. Genevieve, was sentenced to four years in prison for violating the probation he received for failure to support a child.

Placed on five years of supervised probation were Michael LaBrot, 33, of Farmington, for possession of meth; Susan Weber, 45, of Park Hills, for fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance; Joseph Ivory, 19, of Farmington for forgery; Jerad Skaggs, 29, of Doe Run, for possession of a meth precursor drug with intent to manufacture; Lindell Barbee, 48, of Irondale, for failure to support a child; and Ervin Stokes, 46, of Park Hills, for possession of meth.

Several other individuals pleaded guilty to felony charges and will be sentenced in May.

Rikki Shibley, 19, of Desloge, pleaded guilty to possession of a meth precursor drug. Lilburn Eckhoff, 25, of Bonne Terre, pleaded guilty to sale of marijuana. William Sharp, 19, of Park Hills, pleaded guilty to sale of marijuana.

Brittany Duvall, 25, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to possession of meth. Shawn M. Kathcart, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon. Joshua Lindsey, 24, of Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. Rickey K. McClenahan, 28, of Fenton, pleaded guilty to failure to support a child.

Albert Baker, 41, of Park Hills, pleaded guilty to stealing. Jeffrey W. Murphy, 32, of Bixby, pleaded guilty to possession of a meth precursor drug. Robert E. Page Jr., 29, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to failure to support a child.

http://www.mydjconnection.com/articles/2006/03/20/community/news6.txt

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