Reed City man to serve jail time for methamphetamine charge

Jonathon Earl Collins

Jonathon Earl Collins

BIG RAPIDS — Two of the three people arrested in May for allegedly making methamphetamine in Mecosta County have been sentenced.

Jonathon Earl Collins, 35, of Reed City, appeared in Mecosta County’s 49th Circuit Court on Monday for sentencing. Collins was initially charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing an officer.

Because of a 2008 conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine, he faced up to 40 years in prison. However, Collins reached a plea agreement with the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office. As part of the deal, Collins’ original charges were dismissed and he pleaded guilty to an added count of possession of methamphetamine and an added count of attempted assaulting/resisting/obstructing an officer.

As part of the plea deal, instead of being sentenced to prison, Collins will serve a one-year sentence at the Mecosta County Jail. He is given credit for 86 days served. He also will be on probation for two years.

Collins arrest stemmed from an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team. He was arrested along with co-defendants, Todd Jeremy Schoonmaker, 46, of Cedar Springs, and Jennifer Mae Hulbert, 40, of Big Rapids.

Schoonmaker was charged with one count of operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine. Hulbert is charged with one count of operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of hydromorphone. Both Schoonmaker and Hulbert had prior drug convictions.

In June, Schoonmaker, was sentenced to eight months and 15 days in jail. He pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine/ecstasy. In exchange for his plea, the prosecutor’s office dismissed the one count of operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine. He will be on probation for two years.

Hulbert’s case is still ongoing. She has a settlement conference scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19. If a plea agreement is not reached, a trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Mecosta County’s 49th Circuit Court.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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