Suspect in meth case released

Woman freed after serving three months

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One of 15 people arrested in December in a methamphetamine sweep walked out of jail Tuesday.

Another of the suspects pleaded guilty to felony meth charges and will be sentenced in May.

A judge Tuesday sentenced Kassandra Dilldine, 19, of Craig, to probation as part of a plea deal she agreed to in February. Dilldine, who has no prior criminal record, had been in Moffat County Jail since her arrest in December -- a total of more than 80 days.

She was released from jail after Tuesday's hearing.

Dilldine was one of 15 people arrested in December during one of the biggest meth sweeps in Moffat County history. All 15 were charged with distribution and possession of meth.

Dilldine pleaded guilty in February to lesser charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession and attempted distribution of meth, a Class 4 felony.

She remained in jail on $50,000 bond after pleading guilty.

In addition to three years of probation, Dilldine will have to pay $4,500 in fines and court costs, O'Hara said.

O'Hara said Dilldine's age and that she had the support of her family played a role in sentencing her to probation.

The judge told Dilldine -- who appeared in court wearing a bright-orange jail jumpsuit, her hands shackled at her waist -- that although the sentence was not as harsh as it could have been, he didn't want her to take the case lightly.

"I don't want you to think, Ms. Dilldine, that because you are being sentenced to probation in this case that it is no big deal," he said.

O'Hara encouraged Dill--dine to come to court in the future to see people who were arrested at 19 and continue to commit crimes well into adulthood.

Another of the suspects from December's sweep, Steven James Wick, 29, of Craig, also appeared in District Court on Tuesday.

Wick pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of meth, a Class 4 felony.

O'Hara said Wick could serve as much as six years in prison for the offense.

Wick will appear in court May 24 for sentencing.

O'Hara also lowered Wick's bail from $50,000 to $5,000.

Wick, who had been in jail since his arrest in December, posted bail and was released Tuesday night.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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