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Spicer woman headed to prison

WILLMAR -- A Spicer woman is going to prison for committing a drug-related offense while on probation for another drug offense.

The full sentence for the prior drug offense was executed Thursday on Angela Lynn Leindecker, 32, and is concurrent with the most recent offense on which she was charged.

Judge Donald Spilseth ordered Leindecker to serve one year and one day at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, with credit for 71 days she has already spent in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail. She will be required to serve at least two-thirds of her sentence in prison. If she commits any disciplinary offense in or out of prison, her prison time could be extended to the full 366 days, Spilseth ordered.

Leindecker also must pay fines and fees of $2,090, which can be taken from her prison earnings.

She was sentenced this past August for fraudulently obtaining prescription narcotics at a local pharmacy, a fifth-degree controlled substance crime. She could have gone to prison at that time, but this portion of her sentence was stayed. Instead, she was placed on probation for 10 years and ordered to spend time in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

When she reported to jail in September to begin serving the first 60 days of her sentence, she allegedly smuggled in more than 60 pills -- primarily sleeping pills, muscle relaxants and antidepressants -- in one of her socks. Jail officials discovered the pills when one of the inmates told a corrections officer that Leindecker had brought in the pills and was selling them to other inmates.

Leindecker was subsequently charged with a controlled substance crime and bringing contraband into jail. The second charge was eventually dropped in a plea agreement that also allowed Leindecker's sentence to be concurrent with the prison term she received for violating the conditions of her previous sentence.

County corrections officials told the court that the drug offense for which Leindecker was on probation was her fifth controlled substance conviction involving prescription drugs in less than five years. All four sentences for her four prior convictions were executed when she failed to comply with supervision.

Anne Polta

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