Jail term given in cocaine case

ESCANABA — A 25-year-old woman was sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday to 10 months in jail on a cocaine charge and for running from police prior to her arrest last January.

Dianna Marie Cooper, 25, of Iron River, was arrested by Michigan State Police on one count of delivery/manufacture of less than 50 grams of cocaine, a 20-year felony, following a traffic stop in Bark River Township on Jan. 4, 2017.

Because Cooper tried to run from state police troopers, she was also charged with one count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, a two-year felony.

Following her arrest, she posted $5,000, or 10 percent of a $50,000 bond, and was released from jail. She later opted to be tried by a jury, but failed to appear for a three-day trial that was scheduled to begin on Sept. 12.

After a bench warrant was issued for her arrest, she was apprehended and returned to jail.

During a hearing in October, she pleaded guilty to one count of delivery/manufacture of less than 25 grams of cocaine, a four-year felony, and pleaded guilty to assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer.

In exchange for the two guilty pleas, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the 20-year cocaine felony.

Cooper’s attorney, Trent Stupak, told the court on Monday his client — who had no prior felony criminal record — learned a lesson after dealing with a drug felony ,and said she intends to seek treatment after her incarceration.

Prior to being sentenced, Cooper told the court she regrets the decision she made regarding cocaine.

Judge John Economopoulos told the defendant only she can address her addiction. He praised her for stating she made a bad “decision,” rather than a “mistake,” but criticized her for falsely accusing someone who was innocent.

Cooper was sentenced to 10 months in jail on the one count of delivery of less than 25 grams of cocaine and sentenced to 10 months in jail on the resisting police charge. The sentences are to be served concurrently. She was given credit for already serving 86 days in jail.

Cooper was also ordered to pay a total of $326 in court fines and costs. Her driver’s license was suspended for 30 days and restricted for 150 days.

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