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Woman gets stayed prison for selling pills in 2012

OLIVIA — A 47-year-old Willmar woman was sentenced Monday to stayed prison time, seven years of probation, 365 days in jail, chemical dependency treatment and a $1,000 fine on a first-degree drug sale charge for selling more than 200 pills to a drug task force informant in October 2012 in Olivia.

Susan Marie Erickson’s stayed prison sentence of 132 months, or 11 years, was a downward departure from state sentencing guidelines. The departure report filed by District Judge Randall Slieter cited Erickson’s amenability to chemical dependency treatment and her remorse as reasons for the departure.

In Renville County District Court, Erickson pleaded guilty to the charge in February and another felony for second-degree sale, plus a misdemeanor for driving while impaired, was dismissed.

The charges were filed after Oct. 29, 2012, when an agent for the Brown, Lyon, Redwood and Renville County Drug Task Force was informed by a confidential informant that the informant could buy pain pills from Erickson.

The informant was provided with $3,000 in recorded task force funds and met Erickson that evening in the parking lot of Max’s Grill in Olivia. The sale was completed in Erickson’s vehicle, which then left the parking lot and was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy. The deputy noticed Erickson showed signs of impairment. She was arrested and taken to the county jail, where she was found to be impaired by narcotics.

Erickson was searched upon her arrest and deputies found the $2,800 in drug task force funds and pills matching the pills sold to the informant on her person.

The informant turned over a bag of pills and the remaining $200 in task force funds, plus pieces of prescription pill bottle labels, to the agent. The pills included 61 oxycodone pills, 71 clonazepam pills and 85 morphine pills, for a total of 217 pills.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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