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The last of three people in Tahlequah convicted in federal court of manufacturing meth in the presence of a child was sentenced last week.
Lisa Autumn Shiann Creech, 23, was sentenced last Thursday to 168 months (14 years) in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release following her conviction for Manufacture of Methamphetamine on Premise Where Children are Present or Reside, in violation of 21 USC 860(a), 21 USC 841(b)(1)(C), and 18 USC 2.
Two others were previously sentenced in the case:
The women were arrested after a 2-year-old girl--Creech's daughter and Vann's granddaughter--was taken to a local hospital with chemical burns. Both Creech and Vann denied knowing how the girl was burned, but police say Vann immediately left the hospital where the girl was being treated and moved the meth lab and related materials and paraphernalia from her home--where she lived with her daughter and granddaughter--to her vehicle.
Creech and Braddock allegedly purchased pseudoephedrine, which they gave to Vann to manufacture meth in the home.
Because of the injuries the child sustained, all three defendants received enhanced sentences.
Because Oklahoma drug laws, including the Oklahoma Methamphetamine Offender Registry, have made it more difficult to obtain the precursor drugs to manufacture methamphetamine, meth labs are on the decline in the state. However, the meth problem is not significantly reduced. Instead, local meth is being replaced by Mexican methamphetamine, which comprises 90 t0 95 percent of the meth in Oklahoma.
Whether facing meth distribution charges for transporting or selling Mexican meth or facing meth manufacture charges for a meth lab in a home or vehicle, it is important to note that the consequences of conviction are steep, whether you are charged with violating Oklahoma law or federal law. Oklahoma's drug laws are notoriously rigid, and for many drug crimes even a first offense brings felony conviction and the possibility of life in prison.
Read more about Oklahoma meth laws, or see here to contact an attorney to discuss your case. Your initial consultation is free and will be held in the strictest confidentiality.
- Brenda Toneice Vann, 54, was sentenced to 235 months (more than 19 years) in prison and 8 years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine (21 USC 846), Manufacture of Methamphetamine (21 USC 841 [a] and [b][C]), and Manufacture of Methamphetamine on Premises Where Children are Present or Reside (21 USC 860[a], 21 USC 841[b][C], and 18 USC 2)
- Andrew Kelli Braddock, 20, was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in prison and 3 years of supervised release for Endangering Human Life While Illegally Manufacturing Methamphetamine (21 USC 858 and 18 USC 2).