A.L. woman avoids time in prison, gets probation for meth sale

Published 10:59 am Tuesday, December 22, 2015

An Albert Lea woman was placed on probation for up to 25 years Monday afternoon in Freeborn County District Court after pleading guilty in August to selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant.

Angela Hope Sanchez, 35, was sentenced by Judge Steve Schwab. She will avoid four years and nine months in prison if she fulfills court obligations.

Sanchez will serve 90 days in jail, with credit for 12 days served.

Angela Sanchez

Angela Sanchez

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In sentencing Sanchez, Schwab deviated from sentencing guidelines and said Sanchez had been amenable to probation and treatment. He said Sanchez had shown remorse and responsibility for her actions and had a support network.

During pre-sentencing testimony, Sanchez said she was more of a meth dealer than a user. She said she had been clean for seven months.

Sanchez pleaded guilty to second-degree sale of meth after selling methamphetamine to a South Central Drug Task Force confidential informant for $270 on Oct. 16, 2014, at the intersection of South Broadway and East Third Street in Albert Lea.

She was originally charged with first-degree sale of meth, an additional count of second-degree sale of meth, four counts of third-degree sale of meth and sale of a simulated controlled substance in connection with other alleged incidents.

The charges were dismissed as part of the plea bargain.

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