By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - Two area residents were sentenced on methamphetamine charges in Dickinson County Circuit Court on Monday.
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Chad Lessor, right, appears in Dickinson County Circuit Court for sentencing on drug charges with his attorney Daniel Anderson. Lessor will serve a minimum sentence of five years in prison.
Erica Hommel, left, appears with her attorney Grant Carlson in Dickinson County Circuit Court. She was sentenced to serve six months in jail for a drug charge.
Chad Lessor, 38, of Kingsford will serve a minimum sentence of five years in prison for felony counts of deliver or manufacture methamphetamine and breaking and entering.
According to the criminal complaints in the cases, Lessor made "meth" at a residence at 522 East A Street in Iron Mountain on multiple occasions in January and February.
While authorities were searching his residence in Kingsford, they discovered a bag containing stolen copper tubing. Lessor admitted that he broke into a residence on Vulcan Street in order to steal the tubing.
During sentencing, Lessor's attorney Daniel Anderson said that his client was aware that most of his codefendants have already been sentenced to prison.
However, Anderson pointed out that Lessor has no prior felony record and that he was cooperative with authorities during the investigation.
Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards noted that even though Lessor has no prior felonies, he was a key player in producing meth in the area for the past three years.
"He put the community in grave danger," she said.
When given a chance to speak, Lessor apologized to the community, his parents, and to the people he viewed as his victims.
"I know I deserve prison time," he said. "I take full responsibility for my actions."
Judge Richard Celello ordered that Lessor serve a minimum of five years for the deliver or manufacture methamphetamine count and a minimum of one year and nine months for the breaking and entering count.
The sentences will run concurrent to each other.
One of Lessor's codefendants, 32-year-old Erica Hommel of Niagara, Wis., was ordered to serve six months in the Dickinson County Jail and two years of probation for one felony count of attempted operating or maintaining a meth lab.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, Hommel provided Sudafed to Lessor on eight occasions between Nov. 11 and Feb. 19 so he could make meth. Hommel then shared in the finished product, the complaint states.
During sentencing, Hommel's attorney Grant Carlson emphasized that his client possesses many admirable attributes. He said that she has a job, is a single mother, and was sober for five years before meeting Lessor.
"She has looked back with disgust, frankly, on her time with Mr. Lessor," Carlson added. "She has acknowledged her involvement and been forthright with the police."
Richards said that Hommel will spend less time incarcerated than her codefendants because of her minor criminal history.
However, Richards still advocated a jail sentence on the high end of the recommendation.
When allowed to address the court, Hommel apologized.
"I let a lot of people down," she said. "I am sorry for my actions."
Judge Celello ordered that Hommel serve six months in jail, but allowed her to be released for work and counseling.
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