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Mitchell woman gets prison for meth

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A Mitchell woman will serve prison time for possession of methamphetamine.

Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced April Drapeaux, 32, to three years in prison Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Her attorney, Donna Bucher, told the judge Drapeaux "is clearly suffering from an addiction problem." She requested a stay to allow Drapeaux to enter and complete treatment.

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Assistant Attorney General Katie Mallery said Drapeaux has been given several chances to enter and complete treatment, and she faces other felony charges in Yankton County. Plus, Drapeaux tested positive for meth in her system two weeks ago when she was supposed to be sentenced, Mallery said.

Bjorkman gave Drapeaux credit for 82 days she has already served in jail, and ordered she pay $104 in court costs, $264 in prosecution costs and pay back court-appointed attorney fees. Bjorkman calculated Drapeaux's first eligibility for parole will be in June 2014.

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