Ashby convicted of felony drug charges and running a disorderly house

On Jan. 8, Morrison County District Court convicted Tanya Irene Ashby of one felony count of fifth degree possession of drugs from an incident Feb. 27, 2012, and a fifth degree controlled substance crime from an incident May 21, 2013. She was also convicted of one gross misdemeanor count of owning or operating a disorderly house from the Feb. 27, 2012 incident.

Dismissed against Ashby was one felony count each of third degree possession of drugs and fourth degree possession of drugs with intent to sell, both from the Feb. 27, 2012 incident.

On Oct. 5, 2012, charges were brought against Ashby for both possession of heroin and operating a disorderly house because of her ownership of the home where Amanda Gosiak died from a heroin overdose Feb. 28, 2012.

On May. 21, 2013, a Little Falls Police officer received information that Ashby helped another person purchase narcotics with a prescription. The officer located the vehicle used which led back to Ashby.

When questioned, Ashby  said she helped the other person obtain a prescription for 240 Oxycodone tablets, plus paid for the drugs. She admitted smoking half a pill and swallowing the other half. She also said a number of pills were left at her residence.

The officer was shown a number of drugs in the home. They included 25 percocet tablets, 10 endocet tablets, 10 morphine pills and one tablet identified as Oxycodone. The morphine pills had a prescription.

Also found was methamphetamine which she said belonged to a roommate.

For the disorderly house charge, Ashby was sentenced to 365 days in jail with credit for the 52 days already served. She was fined $50 and given two years of supervised probation.

For the fifth degree felony possession charge, Ashby was sentenced to 52 days in jail with credit for the 52 days already served. She was fined $135 and given five years of supervised probation.

For fifth degree controlled substance crime, Ashby was sentenced to 49 days in jail with credit for the 49 days already served. She was fined $135 and given five years of supervised probation.

Todd Kosovich, assistant Morrison County Attorney, said the charges of third degree and fourth degree possession were dismissed in an agreement that Ashby would testify truthfully against Keon Mangun and later, Brandon Bedford, in the heroin death of Miranda Gosiak.

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