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Two Grand Forks women to be sentenced in meth case

Sentencing dates have been set for two Grand Forks women who pleaded guilty to conspiring to make meth across the street from a middle school.

Kathy Joan Kielty, 56, will be sentenced by District Judge Lawrence Jahnke at 2:30 p.m. on July 16 for conspiracy to manufacture and drug paraphernalia possession charges.

Fifty-one-year old Tina Mae Metcalf’s sentencing will follow at 1:30 p.m. on July 23.

Kielty, Metcalf and co-defendant Audrey Marie Morris could be sentenced to life in prison without parole, a $20,000 fine or both on the felony charge of conspiracy to manufacture meth within 1,000 feet of a school.

Both Kielty and Metcalf have submitted plea agreements.

Kielty’s agreement recommends she receive a 15-year sentence, of which she would serve five years with the remainder suspended if she doesn’t violate probation. A five-year sentence for her count of drug paraphernalia possession would be served at the same time.

Metcalf’s agreement is similar, recommending she serve three years of a 15-year sentence with the rest suspended if she does not violate probation. She also asks the charge be amended to a lesser felony carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $20,000 or both.

A sentencing date had not been set for Morris, who also is charged with two felonies — possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both counts carry a maximum of five years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

A fourth woman, Ashley Marie Brown, 24, had already pleaded guilty to a meth possession charge and is set to be sentenced May 30.

A February search of Kielty’s home — a condo located across the street from Schroeder Middle School — turned up equipment and ingredients used to make meth, including 97 tablets of pseudoephedrine.

Narcotics taskforce agents had observed Metcalf and Brown purchasing pseudoephedrine at a Grand Forks pharmacy and followed them to Morris’ and Kielty’s residences, according to a police affidavit.