Kedron sentenced for role in bringing drugs into jail
STANDISH — A defendant involved in a group of Arenac County Jail inmates and conspirators alleged to have used newspaper sticker ads and stamps to bring the drug suboxone into the jail was sentenced March 15.
Joni Kedron, 29, of Sterling was sentenced to 29 months to seven years in prison in 23rd Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty to controlled substance delivery Feb. 1, and in return for the plea, a charge of conspiracy to commit criminal enterprise was dismissed.
Kedron is the second of six defendants in the case to be sentenced. Jodi Tomich, 23, of Twining, was sentenced to six months in jail with 18 days credit, and 24 months of probation March 1. Tomich also pleaded guilty to controlled substance delivery and had a conspiracy to commit criminal enterprise charge dismissed.
Three other defendants, Barbara Cunningham of Standish, 40, Deanna Shiel of Saginaw, 24, and Tamarra Carpenter of Twining, 24, pleaded guilty to controlled substance delivery March 1. They are scheduled for sentencing April 19.
A sixth defendant in the case, Dustin Kennedy of Saginaw, 34, is scheduled for a pretrial April 10.
Court documents allege Kennedy delivered two newspapers to Shiel in December, and that the newspapers included strips of suboxone affixed to sticker advertisements on the newspapers. He allegedly paid Tomich $50 per strip of suboxone, with the payments going toward a debt Shiel owed to Kedron and Tomich.
Court documents show Tomich allegedly met with the male suspect believed to have delivered the narcotics in Standish Dec. 23 after buying newspapers. Cunningham and Carpenter also allegedly conspired with Kedron to bring five suboxone strips into the jail affixed to an envelope.