Two suspects connected to Ishpeming meth lab make plea deals

MARQUETTE — Two of the four people charged in connection with an Ishpeming meth lab discovered in December appeared in Marquette County Circuit Court Friday.

24–year–old Richard Ellingsen was originally charged with two meth related felonies. Friday morning in front of Marquette County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer A. Mazzuchi, Ellingsen pleaded guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine through a plea agreement. Judge Mazzuchi then asked Ellingsen to address the court and explain what he did.

“In December 2014, I bought components for others to use to make methamphetamine in Marquette County. I bought certain items including batteries and fertilizer sticks from Wal-Mart,” said Ellingsen.

“And you knew what the plan was to do with those was to make methamphetamine?” Mazzuchi asked.

“Yes, I was offered drugs to buy them,” Ellingsen answered.

“And did that happen in the City of Ishpeming in Marquette County?” questioned Mazzuchi.

“Yes, your honor,” replied Ellingsen.

Per the plea agreement, Ellingsen will spend any time he serves in jail. The prosecutor recommended an early release for Ellingsen, so that he can undergo substance abuse treatment.
Ellingsen will be sentenced on March 13.

29–year–old Steven Greenleaf also appeared in Circuit Court Friday. He was originally charged with two counts of delivery or manufacture of methamphetamine. Under a plea agreement, Greenleaf pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in which he could face three to ten years in prison. His sentencing date is also set for March 13.

The other two defendants involved in the case, 32–year–old Julianne Bradbury has her arraignment in circuit court scheduled for February 13th. 27–year–old Aimee Fraley will be sentenced on Feb. 27, also in circuit court.

All four defendants were arrested in connection with a meth lab that was discovered on Maurice (Morris) street in Ishpeming on Dec. 21, that resulted in the injury of two Ishpeming Police Officers after they were overcome by fumes from harsh chemicals used in making meth.