Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Steamboat Springs A 19-year-old Denver woman received a four-year deferred judgment as well as court-ordered drug treatment and extensive fines during her sentencing in Routt County District Court on Tuesday.
As part an agreement with the District Attorney's Office, Bryanna Violet Mitts pleaded guilty to two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of 1 to 8 ounces of marijuana.
Mitts was arrested in March after police officers found 11 grams of crystal meth, two syringes full of liquid meth and leftover chemicals from making meth in a car Mitts was riding in. In addition to the drugs, officers confiscated a laptop, a scanner and lamination equipment used for making false identification. Dozens of driver's licenses, ATM cards, signed checks and birth certificates also were found in the car.
The car belonged to 30-year-old Denver resident Jamison Todd Fjoser, who is a co-defendant in the case.
During Mitts' sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James asked District Judge Paul McLimans to consider ordering Mitts to comply to a substance abuse evaluation with Dr. Tom Traynor and to complete whatever substance abuse program Traynor deemed necessary. Mitts would have to have the evaluation conducted within a month.
Mitts' attorney, Larry Combs, said Mitts completed a live-in treatment program, though she was terminated from it for "behavioral problems." Combs did not object to Mitts undergoing an evaluation and additional drug rehabilitation.
St. James also wanted to make it clear that as part of the stipulation of the deferred judgment, Mitts would have to testify truthfully against Fjoser. Combs and Mitts signed a document indicating they understood the requirement.
Before McLimans sentenced Mitts, Combs told him how successful Mitts has been in the past few months. All seven drug tests she has taken have been negative. He also pointed out that Mitts has a full-time job and hasn't had any other problems with meth.
"I think we've all witnessed a transformation here. She's healthier, she's alive, and she looks great. Incarceration is not the only answer to substance abuse. She has the ability to show the court that locking someone up is not always the answer," he said.
Mitts told McLimans she regrets her past actions.
"I'm sorry for everything I've done so far," she said.
McLimans sentenced Mitts to four years of supervised probation, a 90-day jail sentence with a 72-day credit and 96 hours of community service. McLimans also reiterated that Mitts will be required to testify against Fjoser when his case goes to trial in March. Mitts will pay more than $8,000 in fines and court costs.
"Obviously, this is an expensive lesson to learn," McLimans told Mitts, "but you have done something very admirable by taking control of your life. Frankly, I think you have shown us you have gotten it, because this is a step most folks don't take."
Although Mitts was given a 72-day credit for jail time served, she won't be required to serve the other 18 days.
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