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Nordstrom, Clifton in court

September 18, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Two Houghton County men were sentenced on unrelated charges in Houghton County Circuit Court Monday.

Kendall Clifton of Hancock was sentenced to a year in jail for attempted possession of methamphetamine, while Jeremy Nordstrom of Calumet was sentenced to nine months in jail for larceny.

Clifton pleaded guilty last month to the attempted possession charge, a five-year felony. In return, felony charges of delivery-manufacture and operating a meth lab in Chassell were dismissed. Clifton must also testify against co-defendants if their cases go to trial.

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Jeremy Nordstrom appears with their attorney David Gemignani Monday in Houghton County Circuit Court.

Clifton also received credit for 63 days served.

"I do have remorse, and I am sorry," Clifton said. "I am a good person, and I do have a good heart. I do have a drug addiction, and I struggle with it."

Judge Charles Goodman said he hopes Clifton's professions of remorse are sincere.

"If you keep that up, you're going to die. Pure and simple. You're going to die."

Nordstrom pleaded no contest to larceny in August. In exchange, two counts of escaping from work camp were dismissed. Nordstrom walked away from custody during a work detail at the Houghton County Arena in March; he was arrested without incident at a camp in Keweenaw County.

Nordstrom received credit for 166 days served, and must pay restitution of $3,677.18.

"I regret and I'm ashamed for what I've done," he said. "I just want to learn from it. And it crushes my heart knowing I've become that person and put myself in the situation I'm in now. I'm just trying to look at it to get through it and better my life and learn from my mistakes."



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