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CASSOPOLIS — A Cassopolis woman with a longtime drug addiction is going to prison after being arrested earlier this year on methamphetamine charges.

Tonya Marie Tangeman, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth and possession of meth, both as a habitual offender, and was sentenced Friday to concurrent prison terms of five to 30 years and one to 15 years. She has credit for 107 days already served and must pay $1,616 in fines and costs.

The incident occurred March 5 when police came to her home in Cassopolis on a search warrant. They found evidence of the manufacture of methamphetamine and arrested both her and a second person.

Defense attorney Jim Miller said that Tangeman has both substance abuse and mental health issues, the latter stemming from a head injury she suffered when she was 10. “Her problems with addiction and mental health issues haven’t been addressed,” he said.

Tangeman apologized to the court and to her family. “I’ve made a lot of wrong decisions,” she said. I’m sorry to my mom for all the hard times I’ve given her.”

“You admitted to buying Sudafed to make and trade meth,” Cass Circuit Judge Michael Dodge said. “You said you had last cooked meth in February but had used meth that day. You’ve been struggling with your meth addiction for 16 years.”

Dodge said he did take her past head injury into consideration in sentencing her, departing slightly lower than the sentencing guidelines of 72 to 150 months.

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