POSTED: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 9:44am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 11:28am
Lufkin, TX — Two Xanax pills tucked into her bra in the Angelina County Jail cost a Lufkin woman five years in prison Monday, three months after she was found not guilty on an unrelated murder charge.
Kendall Thompson, 20, sobbed as state District Judge Barry Bran sentenced her Monday afternoon. She had pleaded guilty July 13 to possessing a prohibited substance while she was in jail in 2009.
“We’ll come see you the first chance we get,” her mother told her as a bailiff led her to sit with other convicts on their way to prison.
One month after being found not guilty of murder in the drive-by shooting death of Joseph Cooper, 63, in January 2010, Thompson gave birth to a baby girl. When Thompson’s attorney Al Charanza put her on the stand Monday, she explained how the combination of motherhood and having been scared by the criminal process had set her on the straight and narrow.
“I did it. It was my fault, but that was two completely different worlds. I didn’t have a baby at that time. I was just out for myself,” Thompson said, her voice shaking with emotion. “I’m trying to be a good mom and set a good example. I’ve always heard the quote, ‘No one can love your child like you can.’ That is true and I want to be there for her.”
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