Woman gets five years for meth sales

PRESCOTT - A Paulden woman arrested in Chandler on various methamphetamine charges pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday in court.

Delores Jean Devitt, 19, accepted a plea deal, and pleaded guilty to one count of sale or transportation of meth and one count of possession of meth paraphernalia.

Yavapai County Sheriff's officers said they documented Devitt selling meth at the Frontier Village Shopping Center in February, and then at a local motel. The investigation led to the arrests of nine people. YCSO could not immediately locate Devitt, but an anonymous tip alerted them to her location about a month later.

After pleading guilty, she was sentenced. Judge Tina Ainley said Devitt could get from five to 15 years in prison, but said five years "seems appropriate, given the defendant's age and the amount (of meth) involved."

Devitt will also have to pay a $1,000 fine.

"The tragic thing here is, you're so young," Ainley said, but also pointed out that her age means it is possible to turn her life around.