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Bemidji woman sentenced on heroin charges

BEMIDJI—A Bemidji woman was sentenced Monday to 25 years of probation after being convicted of both the possession and sale of heroin.

In addition to the probation time, Marissa Sasheen Graves, 28, was sentenced to 124 days in the Beltrami County Jail. However, she received credit for time served for 83 of those days, meaning she has 41 days left.

Between the two counts she was convicted of, she was also sentenced to 106 months of stayed jail time. That means she won't have to serve the time if she completes her probation.

Judge Annie Claesson-Huseby indicated Graves also might be able to reduce her probation time if she does well. However, the judge gave a larger sentence than Graves' attorney asked for.

"She has struggled because of her mental health issues," defense attorney Margaret Dow said.

Graves pleaded guilty to the charges of second-degree sale and second-degree possession of heroin Feb. 4.

The charges against her were amended from one count of first-degree sale of heroin and one

count of child endangerment. The child endangerment charge originated from the fact that there were supposedly two children present at two of the drug exchanges Graves participated in. Both children were estimated to be younger than 10.

Graves pleaded not guilty to those original charges Jan. 14.

Officials from the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force arrested Graves Nov. 1. She then admitted to the authorities that she was selling drugs for her boyfriend.

According to the criminal complaint, Graves sold heroin to a confidential informant on multiple occasions. On Oct. 10, Graves sold 5.7 grams of heroin to the informant. On Oct. 15, the informant received another, similar amount of heroin from Graves.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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