A Parsons woman, convicted of distributing methamphetamine and aggravated child endangerment, hopes to receive probation when she’s sentenced in January.
Valarie Charboneau, 28, of Parsons appeared in court this week for a plea hearing. She was charged with distribution of meth (1 to 3.5 grams), use of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated child endangerment, all felonies, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
Charboneau and James C. Yeoman, 45, were arrested Jan. 15, 2019, after a police investigation and a search revealed 2.7 grams of meth in a bedroom the two shared at 2500 Corning.
The investigation began with a report of battery against Charboneau’s sister. During the investigation, police saw a firearm and contraband in plain view and got a search warrant.
During the search, a child was removed from the home and sent to live with family, according to Parsons Police Detective Sgt. Kyle Wiford at the time.
In a bedroom that Yeoman shared with Charboneau, police found a red snowman box with a crystalline substance in it that field tested positive for meth. Police also found finger cots, more crudely called finger condoms, and $4,520 in cash in a small bag. Yeoman told police he had cashed out his $5,000 401K account.
A bleached bill was found in the room and a counterfeit bill tester, which detects counterfeits, was found in the home.
Yeoman pleaded to possession of meth and aggravated child endangerment in the case. He received a 32-month prison term, which was less than he could have received. His attorney and the prosecutor agreed to recommend to the judge a lesser sentence as part of the plea. He is serving that term in Winfield Correctional Facility and is eligible for parole in August 2021, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.
This week, Charboneau pleaded no contest to distribution meth and aggravated child endangerment. Her attorney will request probation even though Charboneau could get a prison term and treatment will be tied to that request.
Sentencing will be Jan. 7.