Guilty plea cancels jury trial for meth charges

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ESCANABA — A Rock man, originally charged with two meth felonies, recently pleaded guilty to a narcotics charge, canceling a jury trial that was scheduled for next month in Delta County Circuit Court.

Randy Scott Norden, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of delivery/manufacture of less than 50 grams of narcotics or cocaine during a court hearing Friday afternoon.

Norden remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $200,000 cash or surety bond. He will be sentenced on the 20-year felony on Oct. 2. A four-day trial that was set for Sept. 5-8 was cancelled following his plea.

Norden was originally charged with one count of maintaining a meth lab, a 20-year felony, and one count of purchasing or possessing ephedrine/pseudoephedrine to make meth, a five-year felony. These two counts were dismissed in exchange for him pleading guilty to the narcotics charge.

Norden was arrested along with co-defendants Angela Loraine Gutzman-Guerrero, 22, of Rock, and William Allan Saari, 27, of Gwinn, on March 28 when Michigan State Police assisted Child Protective Services investigate a child custody issue at Norden’s residence on Old M-35 where a meth lab was found.

Saari was sentenced last week to three years to up to 20 years in prison on one count of manufacturing meth to which he pleaded guilty. He was also sentenced to 140 days in jail on one count of maintaining a drug house to which he pleaded guilty.

Saari was granted credit for 140 days already served in jail where he was being held in lieu of a $350,000 cash or surety bond. His fines and costs at sentencing totaled $326.

Gutzman-Guerrero pleaded guilty to purchasing or possessing ephedrine/pseudoephedrine to make meth and was sentenced in June to five months in jail. She was also ordered to pay $758 in fines and costs.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net

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