WAUSAU — A 37-year-old Mosinee woman convicted of her 7th OWI in 13 years will spend four years in prison followed by 10 years probation after she was sentenced in November in eight separate criminal cases.
On Nov. 21, Marathon County Circuit Judge Mike Moran found Michelle L. Brown guilty of 7th offense operating with a restricted controlled substance, possession of narcotics, receiving or concealing stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, forgery, and four counts of bail jumping.
Department of Corrections reports show Brown was out of prison for less than two months in September 2017 when a citizen tipped police that a man was selling drugs from the parking lot of a local department store. Investigators say Brown was driving the vehicle where drugs were being sold and had methamphetamine in her system when she was arrested.
When Brown was arrested, she failed field sobriety tests and told police she was a “prior drug addict,” according to the criminal complaint, but denied taking illegal drugs before driving. Police used a search warrant to obtain a sample of Brown’s blood when she refused to voluntarily submit to testing.
Brown had just finished serving a two-year prison term for her 6th OWI and had been released on supervision in July 2017. Corrections records show Brown was initially released from Taycheedah Correctional Institution in March 2016 but was sent back to prison at least twice after she failed to follow the rules of her release.