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Woman turns down plea, receives longer sentence from Cuero judge

By Sonny Long
Nov. 9, 2012 at 5:09 a.m.
Updated Nov. 10, 2012 at 5:10 a.m.

Diane Musachia

A DeWitt County woman who was offered a 12-year jail sentence in a plea agreement turned down the offer and was sentenced by a judge to 30 years instead.

Diane Musachia, 54, had pled guilty to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, but chose to go before District Judge Pat Kelly instead of taking the plea offer, said DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard.

"The DeWitt County Sheriff's Office did an excellent job making this undercover buy when they got complaints that there appeared to be drug deliveries going on at Musachia's house," said Sheppard.

"We were very pleased with Judge Kelly's sentence and thought it was very appropriate considering all the surrounding facts and circumstances."

Those facts included Musachia's history of three prior convictions and evidence that she involved her 19- and 20 year-old children in the drug-selling business.

In addition, while out on bond awaiting trial on the meth case she picked up a state jail felony charge of possession of Oxycodone, Sheppard said.

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