Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Justice goes to prison

Woman gets 14 years for selling meth


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Lisa Christine Justice

A 41-year-old Twin Falls woman has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for selling methamphetamine on two occasions to a police confidential informant last March in Bellevue.

Sentence for Lisa Christine Justice was pronounced Wednesday, Jan. 4, by Judge Robert J. Elgee in Blaine County 5th District Court. Justice will be required to serve six years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

Justice was one of nine suspects indicted by a Blaine County grand jury in June 2011 on various felony drug charges resulting from investigations by the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team and Idaho State Police.

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Justice pleaded guilty in October 2011 to two felony counts of delivery of methamphetamine. The guilty pleas were in accord with an agreement with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which agreed to reduce one drug trafficking charge to a delivery charge and to have dismissed a "persistent violator" charge that was also filed against Justice.

Drug trafficking is considered a more serious offense because it involves larger quantities of a drug than delivery. The persistent violator offense, which can be applied when a defendant has two prior felony convictions, is punishable by up to life in prison.

In pleading guilty, Justice admitted to methamphetamine sales to a police confidential informant outside of Guffy's convenience store on March 29 and again on March 30.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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