Vallery Mae Thomas, age 21, of Mason City will serve no jail time on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and child endangerment.
The charges are in relation to an alleged incident on November 8th, 2011 in which marijuana was found by law enforcement within reach of her (at the time) 8 month old infant.
As part of a child abuse investigation by the Department of Human Services drug tested her daughter. The results of the drug test found a positive test result for marijuana in her infant’s system.
Court records show Vallery Thomas made a plea change on June 11th to the class D felony count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and aggravated misdemeanor count of child endangerment.
At the scheduled sentencing hearing on Tuesday, July 24th, presiding District Court Judge Colleen D. Weiland handed down deferred judgments on both charges.
Judge Weiland sentenced Thomas to 3 years of probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections and suspended a $750 civil penalty for the possession of marijuana with intent to deliver charge.
Judge Weiland sentenced Thomas to 2 years of probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections and imposed a $625 civil penalty for the child endangerment charge.
In addition Vallery Thomas was ordered to pay a $125 law enforcement initiative surcharge and $381 in court cost and lawyer fees. A class D felony count of failure to affix a drug tax stamp was dismissed by Judge Weiland.
The infant’s father, 23-year-old Benjamin Arthur Janssen of Mason City, is charged with the same crimes as Thomas. Court records show he entered guilty pleas in his case June 4th and had been scheduled to be sentenced on July 24th. However on July 23rd his sentencing was continued until September 5th at 9:20am.
The infant remains in both parents custody and DHS has taken steps to insure the future safety of the child.
SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.