denies woman's request to get out of jail and help brother
By Shauna Smith
April 19, 2006 | LOGAN -- Jennifer
Mendez, 20, was ordered by the court Tuesday to remain
in jail, after she requested to be released in order
to help her brother with his "financial hardships."
After his apartment's power was turned off, Mendez's
brother admitted to her he was having money problems,
said Mendez. His 2-year-old daughter just went through
surgery and Mendez wished to be let out so she could
"go to work and help pay the bills," she said. Judge
Thomas Willmore of 1st District Court denied the request.
"If you lose your apartment, you lose your apartment.
It's something you'll have to deal with," Willmore said.
In February, Mendez pleaded guilty to charges of distribution
of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony.
Earlier in February Mendez was released from jail
on her own recognizance, with the condition she would
go to counseling. She missed two or three appointments
and was sentenced 60 days in jail, which she will complete
on May 6. She is currently involved in the Intensive
Outpatient Program. Her previous sentence of one to
15 years in state prison will be suspended on completion
of the program.