Woman Charged With Making Meth and Sneaking it Into The County Jail Pleads Guilty
A Tompkins County woman who was arrested in connection with the discovery of meth lab and later rearrested for attempting to smuggle meth into the Cortland County jail entered guilty pleas Thursday as part of a deal to resolve the case against her.
Last July, 22 year old Katelynne Thomas along with 23 year old Damian Grant were charged with manufacturing the drug methamphetamine, the charges came after city firefighters responded to a possible fire at 95 Maple Avenue. Inside rescuers uncovered a working meth lab.
The following August Thomas was rearrested along with three other individuals after she attempted to smuggle meth into the county jail inside the binding of a book. Thomas admitted that she was trying to get the drugs to Grant who was being held in the jail.
Yesterday, Thomas pled guilty to a felony count of manufacturing meth as well as a felony count of promoting prison contraband; the pleas resolve both cases against her.
In exchange for the guilty pleas county prosecutors have recommended Thomas be sentenced to a year in the local jail, in addition she must testify against one of her codefendants in the meth smuggling case who is taking his case to trial in August.
Thomas could be sentenced to as much as 7 years in state prison; she was released from jail yesterday pending her sentencing. Thomas has served the majority of her one year jail term having been in the county jail since last August.