Mom who allegedly gave marijuana gummies to children hears plea deal

Jessica Marie Barrett

Jessica Marie Barrett

CAMP VERDE – Jessica Marie Barrett appeared before Judge Michael R. Bluff Monday at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde for a Donald hearing.

Barrett, 34, of Cottonwood, was arrested in July for allegedly giving her 11- and 12-year-old children THC-infused “gummies,” according to police reports. Barrett has been charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of possession of marijuana.

If her case were to go to trial, and if she were convicted, the absolute maximum sentence would be 67.25 years, with 54 years flat.

With the plea deal, Barrett could face a maximum of 11.25 years. The state recommends probation, with six months flat jail time. Judge Bluff said he would most likely follow the state’s recommendation, and suspend the prison sentence.

The probation ordered is for a lifetime.

At some point, explained Judge Bluff, Barrett can file to revoke the lifetime probation. It requires a process, and the state can choose to revoke it if they wish.

Defense attorney David P Gordon asked that the hearing be reset for one week so that Barrett can have time to consider the plea deal. Judge Bluff granted the request, and the conclusion of the Donald hearing was ultimately scheduled for Jan. 30.

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thecrowncat 11 months, 1 week ago

Where has the Sanity gone? 54 years flat if she is lucky and doesn't take the plea or life long probation, which could be revoked or hopefully dropped after so many years. She would have been offered less time on a manslaughter charge. I understand the need to tighten up on laws concerning minors, but we are not talking about children under the age of 6, or gummies laced with meth, acid, or speed. Our prisons and detention centers are so over crowded now because of this kind of sentencing. The plea would not be this severe if she had sexually abused her children, which would have had a lifelong impact on these kids then the THC laced gummies. I agree that it was not victimless crime, but come back to reality. The kids are not going to become IV users over THC laced gummies. The kids will not have lifelong psychological issues. Arizona needs to rethink some of these sentencing laws. It has gone so far "Right" that it is going off the deep end in hopes of stopping drugs. It's proven, nation wide, it won't. I am not a far "Left" liberal, I am in law enforcement.

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curtlind 11 months, 1 week ago

I agree with thecrowncat. This is overreach by the state and denies this person due process. Especially if she is not guilty. 60 plus years that taxpayers have to deal with for what? And how can the state prove she gave knowingly pot candy?? She needs a better lawyer who could have the case thrown out. For the State to deny these kids a Mother for 60 years when we have violent criminals getting probation for assault etc.

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