Three enter guilty pleas to meth charges


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – Pursuant to plea agreements, three area suspects have entered guilty pleas to felony methamphetamine charges.

Joshua David Goetteman, 34, of Kingsford, entered a guilty plea to maintaining a drug house and habitual offender, second offense notice.

The plea agreement calls for a charge of operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine to be dismissed at sentencing and habitual offender, third offense be reduced to second.

Also recommended is credit for the successful completion of a residential substance abuse treatment program.

Goetteman entered the plea before Judge Richard Celello on Monday with his attorney Adam Kruppstadt of Iron Mountain.

According to the felony complaint, Goetteman allowed an individual to manufacture methamphetamine at his residence while he was present on two occasions between March 9-12.

Court records note he also admitted to traveling to Walmart during the early morning hours of March 12 to purchase a component, lighter fluid, which was used to manufacture a second batch of meth. He and others used meth at his residence during those dates.

Evidence seized by police on March 12 included a white powdery substance, which later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Goetteman was previously convicted of possession less than 25 grams in Dickinson County Circuit Court on July 21, 1999.

Erica Hommel, 32, of Niagara, Wis. also entered a guilty plea in Dickinson County Circuit Court.

The plea agreement calls for the charge against Hommel of operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine to be reduced to attempted operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine, and that Hommel be sentenced within the applicable guidelines.

Hommel admitted at arraignment that after meeting Chad Lessor, she purchased Sudafed at a local pharmacy between Nov. 11, 2012 and Feb. 19 of this year in exchange for methamphetamine.

Hommel is being represented by attorney Grant Carlson of Iron Mountain.

Lessor, 37, of Kingsford, pleaded guilty to delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine and breaking and entering a building with intent, as well as habitual offender, second offense notice.

Other charges against Lessor, which included three other counts of delivery/manufacture of controlled substance – methamphetamine and operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine, will be dismissed, pursuit to the plea agreement.

A 60-month maximum minimum prison sentencing is being recommended for Lessor as part of the plea agreement.

Lessor was previously convicted of attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer in Dickinson County District Court on Oct. 3, 2000.

Judge Celello set sentencing in each of the cases for Aug. 26 at 9 a.m.

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