Following a sentencing hearing on Monday, Karen Marie Roscoe, 65, of Shoshone, was ordered to serve a minimum of three years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of 10 grams of methamphetamine.
Roscoe pleaded guilty to the offense at 5 p.m. the night before she was scheduled to go to a jury trial on Dec. 2., according to prosecuting attorney Matt Fredback.
Along with the possession charge, Roscoe was also initially charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after several loaded syringes were found in the vehicle she was driving at the time of the arrest. In exchange for a guilty plea, both the misdemeanor and a request for sentencing enhancement for being a persistent violator were dismissed.
Fredback told the court on Monday that Roscoe had a significant criminal history dating back to 1999, when she was charged in Florida with felony forgery. That criminal history continued with two convictions in 2011 in Gooding County for felony grand theft and forgery while she was employed as a cleaning lady. According to Fredback, Roscoe stole personal property from the homes she was supposed to be cleaning, including toys that she gave to her family members. She was still on felony probation for the 2011 convictions at the time of her arrest in the current case on May 10.
The prosecutor also implored the court to be cautious of Roscoe’s pre-sentence investigation report, stating that she is a liar and “she can’t keep her stories straight.”
Discrepancies in her voluntary statements from the pre-sentence report were made clear when a friend of Roscoe’s took the stand as a character witness on Monday. The man stated he had given Roscoe a place to live and that he believed she had turned her life around.
Following his testimony, Blaine County 5th District Judge Ned Williamson asked a question: Was the witness in the process of selling his five-acre property and home to Roscoe? No, the man replied, contradicting what Roscoe said in the report about being in the middle of purchasing his property and home.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Detective Kristen Quinton, a tracker warrant was obtained on April 16 for Roscoe’s vehicle, “due to surveillance following her to a known meth and heroin distribution house in Jerome.”
“Through the course of the investigation, Roscoe traveled to this residence several times by visual surveillance and the GPS Tracking device,” the affidavit states.
“There is no part of her that is willing to take responsibility,” Fredback told the court on Monday, explaining that Roscoe continued to blame her arrest on the confidential informants who worked with the Sheriff’s Office and that she refused to be truthful.
Ultimately, Williamson went along with Fredback’s recommendation of prison after looking over Roscoe’s criminal history and noting that she had already been on two retained jurisdiction programs and one failed drug court program. Particularly, Williamson said, he “found a lot of deception,” in the probable-cause affidavit for the Gooding case, and that he was “ambivalent” about whether she would reoffend in the future.
“Imprisonment is the right option,” Williamson said.
Roscoe must serve a minimum of three years and may serve up to five years if not paroled after her determinate sentence.