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(Laurel) Teresa Bond, 52, was sentenced to eight years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Monday, April 15 for possession of meth with intent to distribute. Three of the years was suspended under the conditions of post-release supervision and community service. Bond was also ordered to pay $917.50 in court costs and fees. Her sentencing came after she pleaded guilty to the charge, which also carried the element of her being a habitual offender.

Bond petitioned Judge Dal Williamson for leniency, stating that she had paid off previous fines and had built better relationships with her family.

“I’m clean,” she said. “I went to jail clean this time. I put the needle down two-and-a-half years ago.”

“When you paint this picture of complete compliance, I’m not buying it,” explained the judge, noting that he had to issue a bench warrant and then send a deputy to Louisiana to pick her up, all at considerable expense to Jones County. “I’m not buying into all of that.”

Bond had 12.5 grams of meth on her in May 2016 when the vehicle she was a passenger in was searched, after consent, at a driver license’s check-point in Sandersville.

Judge Williamson accepted a second plea late Monday when Casey Lynn Newell admitted selling 0.4 grams of methamphetamine to an informant for the Laurel Police Department on April 13, 2017.

Newell faced up to eight years in prison if her case had went to trial and she had been found guilty. Because she had no prior criminal record, Judge Williamson accepted the District Attorney Office’s recommendation of eight years with four years to serve under house arrest and four years under post-release supervision. She will also have to pay $1,917.50 in court costs and fees.