Woman pleads guilty to meth crimes involving children

Published 10:08 am Monday, July 14, 2008

One of the three Austin residents charged with methamphetamine crimes following a search warrant at Fifth Avenue Northeast home reached a plea agreement Friday in Mower County District Court.

Kari Lynn Hummel, 28, pleaded guilty to single felony counts of fifth-degree drug possession and meth crimes involving children. The first charge was reduced from a first-degree aid and abet drug crime.

According to the criminal complaint, Austin police busted her, Stephany Ann Miller and Todd Shawn Edwards at 809 Fifth Ave. N.E. around 7:10 a.m. April 4.

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The complaint said authorities found 44 grams of meth in an open safe in the room where all three defendants were found. They also allegedly found $4,171 in cash, drug paraphernalia and documents belonging to Edwards and Miller.

The complaint states that three more grams of meth were discovered in a baggie in the room; Edwards, 46, also had 0.25 grams on his person, plus a small amount of marijuana and $616 in cash.

Money was also found on Miller and Hummel. There were several children in the home.

In later police interviews, Hummel said the meth belonged to Miller, who would later allegedly admit to using and selling the drugs. Miller, 33, also said the cash seized from the safe came from drug sales, the complaint said.

Miller has pleaded not guilty to single felony counts of first-degree drug possession and meth crimes involving children. She faces jury trial Aug. 11.

Edwards pleaded guilty to fifth-degree drug possession through a plea agreement May 30. Two other felony charges were dismissed.

His sentencing is set for Sept. 19.

Hummel is scheduled to appear for sentencing Sept. 11.