Steamboat Springs During an emotional sentencing hearing Friday, convicted drug dealer Margie "Maggie" A. Levin was sentenced to four years in prison.
"You’re standing where you stand because you made a bad choice," Judge Shelley Hill said to the 28-year-old. "You're not a bad person."
In June, a Routt County jury found Levin guilty of two counts of conspiring with someone to sell methamphetamine and two counts of selling methamphetamine. All the charges were Class 3 felonies.
The sentence was the mandatory minimum amount of time Hill could sentence Levin to prison. Hill said she also had to impose minimum fines and drug surcharges totaling $24,000.
During the hearing, Hill was read a letter from one of Levin's friends, and Levin's father, Gary Levin, spoke. He said Levin was raised on a cattle ranch in Franktown and she was a "natural connector of people."
"I think Margie Levin is uniquely unprepared for what she faces right now," Gary Levin said.
Levin herself spoke about how she was sorry for damaging herself and disgracing her family.
"I thought I was helping a friend for a moment, and it turned into something much deeper and worse," Levin said.
Hill ordered Levin to report to the Routt County Jail after the hearing.
The charges against Levin were the result of an investigation by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force. According to Levin’s arrest warrant, ACET used a confidential source to arrange for the purchase of 56 grams of cocaine from Levin on Aug. 24, 2012, in Steamboat Springs for $2,500 plus a $500 fee. The white substance later was tested by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and identified as methamphetamine.
Prosecutors argued Levin also was involved with a second sale of 28 grams of methamphetamine.
Prosecutors think Levin was getting her drugs from Trevor Rice. Rice, 28, was sentenced in January and is serving a five-year sentence at the Colorado Correctional Center in Golden. As part of a plea deal, Rice pleaded guilty to a single Class 3 felony.
A third man was charged as a result of the ACET investigation.
Conor Barrett was Levin’s boyfriend, and he was charged with a single count of distribution. Barrett is due back in court at 11 a.m. Sept. 19.
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