IM man sent to prison


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – An Iron Mountain man has been sentenced to prison for his part in operating a methamphetamine lab in Kingsford.

Steven Lee Spencer, 57, will spend a minimum of one year and three months in prison. The maximum sentence is 20 years.

Spencer was sentenced on one felony count of maintaining a meth lab.

An additional felony count of conspiracy to deliver or manufacture meth was dismissed in a plea deal.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Spencer admitted that he purchased several components used in the manufacture of meth, then delivered them to a co-defendant, 27-year-old Jennifer LaCosse of Norway.

On March 12, authorities searched a rental house on Sterling Street in Kingsford and discovered LaCosse, 22-year-old Samantha Matson of Vulcan, a portable meth lab, and powder that was believed to be finished meth.

LaCosse told authorities that she had made two batches of meth with Matson’s assistance.

LaCosse was sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison, Matson was sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison, and another co-defendant, 30-year-old Nicole Strutz of Iron Mountain, was sentenced to a minimum of two and a half years in prison.

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