A mother and daughter who pleaded guilty to selling drugs from a home on Village Drive in Prairie Village, received jail time of 30 days and 14 days respectively when sentenced in a Johnson County courtroom Monday. Both will spend 18 months on probation.
The mother, Lynn Turner, 54, had pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing amphetamines. Five of the other original charges against her were dismissed by the prosecutor. Judge Stephen Tatum sentenced her to 15 months on each charge to run concurrently, but then placed her on 18 months probation and required her to serve 30 days of “shock” time. That 30-day jail sentence will be served in the Johnson County Jail. She is required to register as a drug offender and the judge reminded her that she now has two felony convictions on her record.
The daughter, 26-year-old Elizabeth Turner, had pleaded guilty to eight separate counts including distribution of marijuana and prescription drugs. She also was sentenced to 15 months on the selling charges and lesser amounts on the other charges, but all of the time was to run concurrently and she was given 18 months on probation. After some discussion, the judge sentenced her to 14 days “shock” time in the Johnson County Jail. The pair will only serve the “shock” time and not the full sentences if they do not violate probation. The total sentence for the mother is more than two years and more than eight years for the daughter. Elizabeth Turner also must register as a drug offender.
The prosecution and defense had agreed on a sentencing recommendation for the mother, but not for the daughter. The defense attorney asked the judge that Elizabeth Turner serve no jail time because of her medical history. He said she had 13 different prescriptions from three different doctors and she had finally been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. He alleged she used the marijuana for her medical condition and the prescription drugs for pain management.
Speaking for herself, Elizabeth said she was “driven to break the law out of desperation.” She told the court that she has no source of income and consequently the court waived some of its fees. The mother was given a payment plan for her court costs and lab fees.
The prosecution asked for 30 days shock time, pointing out that the children were present during one sale and that the charges were composed of serious drug sales. “You sold to undercover agents. There you go,” the judge said in rejecting the defense request for no jail time.
Neighbors around the house at 7466 Village Drive where the drug sales took place have been vocal about the activity at the house. Police raided the home in February and filed the original charges. The guilty pleas were entered in June and an August sentencing date was delayed when a defense attorney did not show up in court.