Defendant in drug case: ‘I know the only other option I have is a casket.’

April 9, 2019

Xaveria Stockwell and her attorney David Glancy.

Defendant in drug case: ‘I know the only other option I have is a casket.’


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 39-year-old Ludington woman who was arrested on drug charges after allowing her 10-year-old daughter and another girl to camp at the Ludington Walmart last December is being sent to a long-term substance abuse treatment facility.

“I know the only other option I have is a casket,” said Xaviera Clarice Stockwell, of 507 Sixth St., during her sentencing in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, April 9.

Stockwell pleaded guilty to cocaine possession less than 25 grams and third-offense habitual offender last month.

“Ms. Stockwell has a serious substance abuse problem and is in dire need of treatment,” said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. She is being placed in a Salvation Army treatment facility in Detroit.

“This will give her the tools she needs to maintain her sobriety and combat her addiction,” said her attorney David Glancy.

“This is my last chance,” said Stockwell, whose child is now in the father’s custody.

“It is clear you have a serious controlled substance problem,” said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski. “If you don’t get control of it, it’s not going anywhere good. I hope you really invest yourself in this program.”

Stockwell was found with drugs on her after Mason County sheriff’s deputies were called to Walmart for two 10-year-old girls found “camping” in the store overnight. They were participating in a challenge posted on social media in which people sleep inside large stores such as Walmart, previously said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

Cole said Stockwell took them to the store around 2 a.m. When she returned to meet deputies following the complaint, she had drugs on her and was arrested at the scene.

In exchange for Stockwell’s plea, charges of oxycodone possession less than 25 grams and fourth-offense habitual offender were dismisseed.

Spaniola said Stockwell has previous convictions of assault with a dangerous weapon, prisoner possessing contraband and false report of a felony.

Stockwell was also sentenced to 18 months of probation and 30 days up front of one-year discretionary jail term with credit for 32 days served.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-16 months.

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