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Man sentenced in meth lab case

November 20, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - A Houghton County man was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison for his role in a methamphetamine lab in Chassell.

Curtis Stough, 21, appeared in Houghton County Circuit Court Monday. He had pleaded guilty to attempted manufacture of methamphetamine, a 10-year felony; in exchange, two 20-year charges of operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab and possession of methamphetamine were dismissed.

"I know that people who meet me sense my potential and I'm sick of leaving a trail of disappointed employers, significant others, teachers and probation officers in my wake," he said. "I'm determined to make a substantial change when it comes to my addiction and disregard for the law."

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Curtis Stough, right, is seen at his sentencing in Houghton County Circuit Court Monday for attempted manufacture of methamphetamine. Stough was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison.

While Stough would ordinarily not be allowed to join prison boot camp until he had served a year, he urged Judge Charles Goodman to let him serve earlier.

"I hope to make the changes that that program is renowned for helping people make," Stough said.

Stough also reminded the judge that despite the plea agreement for a minimum two-year sentence, guidelines had only called for a minimum sentence of five to 23 months.

"This is my first felony, and I can guarantee you, my last," he said. "I will be a success. There's no other option."

Stough received credit for 116 days served.



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