First District Judge James Judd says spending the Christmas holidays in jail should provide a lesson for a Spirit Lake mother of two who pleaded guilty to growing marijuana.
In sentencing Laurie Sue Thompson, 30, Judd said Thursday that he "deliberately" made her 20-day jail term begin Dec. 23 so she would think about what it would be like to be away from her children for a longer period if she continues her involvement with drugs."Somehow it has to be brought home that you're responsible for the consequences of your acts," the judge told Thompson.
She was arrested June 16 when state narcotics agents, acting on information from an informant, found 48 marijuana plants growing at her home. She pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to manufacturing a controlled substance.
She previously was convicted in Washington state for possession of a small amount of marijuana, and faces a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and other misdemeanors stemming from an Oct. 5 arrest in Kootenai County.
Judd imposed a three-year suspended sentence for the felony drug manufacturing charge and placed Thompson on probation. Conditions of her probation include the 20-day jail term and that she submit to searches at the discretion of authorities.