Former Teacher Sentenced For Drug Crimes

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A former award winning elementary school teacher was sentenced on Monday.

Tammie Lee Reed left the court room with a smile. Last year she was caught with methamphetamine and then she later wrote checks on closed accounts.

Reed was sentenced to four years of probation. She must complete the Salvation Amy Drug Treatment Program and complete 100 hours of community service. She was also sentenced to 21 months in the Work Release Program. In addition she must pay more than three thousand dollars in fines and restitution.

Mesa County District Attorney, Pete Hautzinger says, "Under all circumstances, I think it's an appropriate sentence. I'm happy with 21 months of Work Release, she's spending time behind bars but at the same time I hope with using the carrot and the stick approach, it's now on her. She has a chance to fly right. I agree with Diester that she needs to put her money where her mouth is."

Officials say with this sentencing Reed now has two felony convictions and if she offends again she will go to prison for quite some time. Judge Diester says he's not sure if she will ever be able to teach again.

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