FOREST CITY | A Forest City woman has received a suspended prison sentence and was ordered to serve jail time for being at a drug gathering and having methamphetamine in the house where she lived with her juvenile son and toddler grandson.
Valerie Lynn O’Dell, 42, Forest City, pleaded guilty to felony gathering where drugs were unlawfully used and misdemeanor child endangerment.
She was given a five-year suspended prison sentence and three years of probation on the drug gathering count Tuesday. A $750 fine was suspended.
She was ordered to serve 36 days in jail on the child endangerment count. A $625 fine was suspended.
As part of a plea agreement, a misdemeanor charge of meth possession was dismissed.
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The Forest City Police Department arrested O'Dell and her daughter, Audrey Lynn O'Dell, 20, on Dec. 17.
Officers found a crystal-like substance in a bag in the open in Valerie O'Dell's unlocked bedroom, as well as hypodermic needles, pipes and other paraphernalia, according to criminal complaints filed in Winnebago County District Court.
O'Dell's son's room is next to hers, and her grandson -- Audrey O'Dell's nephew -- also lived in the house at the time, police say.
A crystal-like substance and needles also were found in Audrey O'Dell's room, according to court documents.
Audrey O'Dell's trial for felony charges of gathering where drugs were unlawfully used and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and heroin possession is scheduled for Sept. 12.