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Local woman gets 11 years for drug-related convictions

A Findlay woman was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison for seven felony convictions, including several high-level drug offenses.
Jessica M. Sierra, 31, had pleaded guilty in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to three counts of cocaine trafficking, felonies of the first, second and fourth degree; possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony; possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony; intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony; and failure to appear at an April 19 hearing, a fourth-degree felony.
Sierra and a co-defendant possessed between 27 and 100 grams of cocaine, and between 1 and 5 kilograms of marijuana on Oct. 11, 2012 in Findlay.
She sold between 10 and 20 grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of Glenwood Middle School on Aug. 9, 2012. Four days later, she sold between 27 and 100 grams of the drug.
Sierra on Aug. 10 of last year attempted to influence a criminal case.
Her attorney, John McMahon, said Sierra was struggling financially and made poor decisions while self-medicating with pills.
“She chose the wrong path,” McMahon said.
Sierra apologized to Judge Joseph Niemeyer. He asked her to turn and apologize to a large gathering of supporters seated behind her.
“I would challenge you, as family members and friends, to continue your relationship with the defendant. I might also add, where were you when all this was going on?” Niemeyer said.
Niemeyer credited Sierra with 288 days served in jail.


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