2017-08-10 / Community

Two additional sentencings completed in UPSET case

Residents receive jail terms for drug charges

MANISTIQUE – Two arrested as part of an UPSET drug bust earlier this year have been sentenced. Three other suspects associated with the bust are awaiting further court proceedings.

Christopher Michael Lavigne, 36, of 140 S. Second St., was sentenced in 11th Judicial Circuit Court to serve 12 months in jail for one count of controlled substance – deliver/ manufacture and 90 days in jail for one count of controlled substance – non-narcotic. He was given a 12-month delay of sentence, with credit for nine days served.

The balance will be held in abeyance pending the successful completion of 18 months of probation. Lavigne pleaded guilty to both charges.

Lavigne was also ordered to pay $908 in court fines, costs, and restitution.

Laura Dawn Mclear, 50, of 4921W U.S. Highway 2, was sentenced to serve 12 months in jail for one count of maintaining a drug house; and 90 days in jail for one count of controlled substance – nonnarcotic.

Mclear entered a guilty plea on both charges, therefore, a count of controlled substance – deliver/manufacture, less than 50 grams, was dismissed.

She was given a 12-month delay of sentence, 45 days to be served immediately with the remainder of the jail term held in abeyance pending successful completion of 12 months of probation. Mclear was given credit for 22 days served and ordered to pay $808 in court fines, costs, and restitution.

There are three of the eight suspects from the bust by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team earlier this year who are awaiting further legal proceedings. They include:

James Thomas Terrian, 19, of 7952N Dawson Road, facing three counts of controlled substance – deliver/manufacture, less than 50 grams, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine; and one count of controlled substance – delivery/ manufacture, methamphetamine, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/ or a fine of up to $25,000;

Brandon Lee Burt, 31, of 232 Maple Street, facing one count of controlled substance – deliver/ manufacture of marijuana, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/ or a $20,000 fine; one count of controlled substance – maintaining a drug house, a high court misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and/ or a $25,000 fine; and one count of controlled substance – deliver/ manufacture, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine;

Darinda Leeann Brown, 26, of 232 Maple St., facing one count of controlled substance – deliver/ manufacture of marijuana, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/ or a $20,000 fine; and two counts of controlled substance – maintaining a drug house, a high court misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and/ or a $25,000 fine; and one count of controlled substance – deliver/ manufacture, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.

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