Probation for Edwardsburg womanPublished 4:18pm Sunday, April 22, 2012
CASSOPOLIS — Aimee Motheral has to consider herself fortunate to be heading to jail and not prison.
The Edwardsburg woman, who pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and operating and maintaining a meth lab, would have certainly been handed a lengthy prison sentence had it not been for a plea agreement.
Cass County Circuit Court Judge Michael Dodge granted the plea deal Friday and sentenced Motheral to 150 days in jail and three years of probation.
Dodge said, if not for the deal, Motheral would have faced at least a 30-month prison term.
Drug program, too
Motheral must also complete the Adult Drug Court Program as a term of the probation.
“Failure to do so means prison,” Dodge told her. “So a lot is riding on this.”
Defense attorney Carol Bealor said her client, who has no prior record, is nervous about the jail term but ready to turn her life around.
“She’s very brave because she’s facing this problem head on,” Bealor said.
For her part, Motheral said she is “looking forward to getting my life back together.”