Mother, daughter enter pleas in court

ESCANABA — A mother and daughter who were arrested for allegedly conspiring to sell someone else’s prescription medication to another person during a drug deal in Escanaba, recently made pleas in Delta County Circuit Court.

Marion Berhardina Desotell, 44, and Mary Ellen Rose Desotell, 19, both of 510 1st Ave. N., No. 610, Escanaba, were arrested in connection with an incident in Escanaba on April 21 when prescription drugs were allegedly purchased and sold to someone else, according to Escanaba Public Safety.

During a plea hearing on Tuesday, Mary Ellen pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, a four-year felony.

Mary Ellen admitted in court to receiving a bottle of Hydrocodone from her mother, who she said purchased the medications that were prescribed to someone else. Mary Ellen also admitted to immediately handing the pills to another person who she knew was buying the drugs.

Mary Ellen was originally lodged in jail in lieu of 10 percent of a $25,000 bond, which was later reduced to a $1,000 personal recognizance bond, allowing her to be released from police custody. She is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Oct. 16.

During Mary Ellen’s plea hearing, Prosecutor Philip Strom requested the court consider sentencing her under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, also known as HYTA.

As a youthful trainee, a defendant who pleads guilty to a crime committed between his or her 17th and 23rd birthdays may be placed on probation or sentenced to jail or prison; upon successful completion of all sentencing terms, the court will dismiss the charge.

During Marion’s plea hearing in July, she pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

She remains lodged in jail in lieu of 10 percent of a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Sept. 11.

In exchange for the two women pleading guilty, the prosecution agreed to dismiss one count of conspiracy to deliver an analogue, a 15-year felony, which both were originally charged with in addition to the fraud charge.

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

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