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Cass meth addict given final chance

Published 1:24pm Thursday, September 6, 2012


Judge Michael Dodge sent a clear message to a Cass County woman before sentencing her Friday on several felony meth-related charges.

If Ivy Walters, 40, of Cassopolis, slips up again, she’ll be heading to prison.

“Seventy-two to 180 months … that is a pretty significant consequence if you fail,” said Dodge during sentencing hearings in Cass County Circuit Court.

Walters was sentenced to three years probation with the first 180 days to be served at the Cass County Jail. She has credit for 102 days served.

Walters must also successfully complete the adult treatment court. If Walters fails to complete treatment, she will be sent to prison for a period of time between 72 to 180 months.

The sentence is consistent with a plea agreement formed earlier between Walters and the Cass County Prosecutor’s office.

“This is her one opportunity,” said Frank Machnik, chief assistant prosecutor. “The stick that is hanging over her head is 72 months in prison.”

Walters was arrested on May 22 when Cass County officers discovered meth and meth-related products at her place of residence on First Street in Cassopolis.

It isn’t Walters’ first experience in Cass County Circuit Court.

In 2008, Walters was sentenced two to 10 years in prison for meth-related charges.



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