A Dickinson County woman is headed to prison after being sentenced for operating and maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine, and for failing to pay child support.
Twenty-six-year-old Jennifer LaCosse of Norway received a minimum of 5 years, 10 months and a maximum of 30 years for operating and maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine. LaCosse also was sentenced to a minimum of 12 months, 1 day and maximum of 6 years for failing to pay child support. Those sentences will run concurrent with a credit of 97 and 139 days, respectively.
Two other women worked in connection with LaCosse.
Twenty-two-year-old Samantha Matson pled guilty to operating a meth lab on April 29thand was scheduled to be sentenced today, but she made a motion to the judge to change her plea. The judge granted the motion and immediately transitioned the case to pretrial. Matson’s next court date has not been announced yet.
The other accomplice, thirty-year-old Nicole Janae Strutz of Iron Mountain, initially pled not guilty to operating and maintaining a meth lab on April 8th before changing her plea to guilty on June 3rd. Strutz now awaits her sentencing in July.