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Horton pleads guilty to manufacturing meth

CRYSTAL FALLS — A 54-year-old Caspian man who was arrested on several methamphetamine charges in July 2018 pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing meth in Iron County Trial Court on Nov. 26.
    Stephen Scott Horton agreed to plead guilty to the charge as part of a plea arrangement in which one count of conspiracy to commit methamphetamine, one count of operating or maintaining a laboratory and one count of purchasing or possessing pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine were dismissed.
    Manufacturing methamphetamine is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The scoring guidelines for Horton called for a minimum of 51 to 85 months in prison. It is expected that Horton will be sentenced to 54 months to 20 years with the Michigan Department of Corrections.
    Horton had been expected to go to trial on Dec. 10. He will be sentenced on Jan. 13.
    Additionally, Horton’s wife, Dana Leigh Horton, 45, is expected to plead guilty to one count of operating or maintaining a laboratory (a 10-year felony) at an upcoming hearing, which is scheduled for Jan. 6 though it may happen earlier. Charges of conspiracy to commit methamphetamine, one count of manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of purchasing or possessing pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine will likely be dismissed.
    Dana Horton is still scheduled to go on trial from Jan. 21-23 pending acceptance of the plea deal.