Havre Woman Given Suspended Sentence for Mailing Drugs to Jail

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A Havre woman has been given a three year suspended sentence with the Department of Corrections after admitting to mailing her boyfriend drugs while he was incarcerated.

Crystal Marie Parker was sentenced on Monday by Hill County District Court Judge Kaydee Snipes-Ruiz after pleading guilty to felony attempted transferring of illegal articles to a state prison.

Parker will receive credit for 233 days of time served.

As per the plea agreement, the other charge Parker was facing, felony attempted criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, was dismissed.

In the agreement, Parker admitted that on June 23rd, 2020, she mailed suboxone to her “boyfriend in the Hill County Detention Center by hiding it behind the postage stamp.”

The sentence was in line with the recommendation in the plea agreement. Snipes-Ruiz said since the defendant has already spent seven months in pretrial detention and this is her first felony, there was no reason to deviate from the recommendations, a this will give her time to “address chemical dependency issues and become a productive member of society.”

The person Parker attempted to mail the suboxone to, Shawn Keith Rosette, was given a five year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to the felony of transferring illegal articles.

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