CADILLAC — Ronald Joseph Manns, 51, of Cadillac, was sentenced to prison last September but he was back in Cadillac recently to get resentenced after he filed a post-trial motion to correct the presentence scoring from the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Last August, Manns pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug house, conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine as a third habitual offender. Last September, he was sentenced to between 34 months-4 years, two periods of 8-40 years and 34 months-20 years in prison respectively.

When Manns was brought back to 28th Circuit Court recently from Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, he was resentenced to between 25 months-40 years in prison with 451 days credited for a guilty plea to maintaining a drug house; 7-40 years in prison with 451 days credited for guilty pleas to conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and delivery of methamphetamine; and between 34 months-20 years in prison with 451 days credited for a guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine again as a third habitual offender.

Wexford County Prosecutor Jason Elmore said his office agreed with the correction.

“There are two takeaways from (this result). First, we strongly support adherence to the rule of law. Second, we will not tolerate drug dealers in Wexford County,‘ he said. “Make no doubt, methamphetamine is a priority 1 for this office.‘

In the presentence investigation report, Elmore said the Michigan Department of Corrections scored 10 points for offense variable 13 for a continued pattern or criminal behavior. The guidelines are charts for felonies that guide the court to set an appropriate sentence, he said.

Manns filed a post-trial motion to correct the scoring of offense variable 13 from 10 to zero points. Elmore said the drugs crimes for which offense variable 13 may be scored are delivery or possession of large amounts of narcotics, which are opium-based, not methamphetamine. Many of those eligible narcotics offenses carry a 20-year maximum, which delivery of methamphetamine also has a 20-year maximum.

The charges against Manns stemmed from a March 2018 incident in Cadillac involving suspected crystal meth in an area near Lincoln Elementary. Most of the crystal meth found in the U.S. is made in “superlabs‘ in the U.S. and Mexico, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. That differs from the one-pot method, which often involves users making small batches from locally gathered ingredients.

In March 2018, TNT was contacted by the Michigan State Police Hometown Security Team for the 7th District after a traffic stop was conducted in Wexford County. The stop revealed drug-related activity, and the ensuing investigation led to the arrest of the three suspects and two others.

In addition to Manns, Stephanie Long, Zachary Fick, Daniel Bell and Justina Bell also were arrested for their connection with the incident.

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