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Mother sentenced to 6 mos. in jail for meth
Latasha L. Groom
DARLINGTON - A 26-year-old mother of three who "messed up" was sentenced last week to jail and probation for cooking meth in Shullsburg.

Latasha Lynn Groom, Platteville, is convicted of felony charges of possessing methamphetamine precursors, possessing methamphetamine and manufacturing or delivering amphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of resisting/obstructing an officer.

Judge Thomas Vale sentenced her to six months in jail and three years of probation in Lafayette County Circuit Court Thursday, Aug. 29. She has already spent more than 200 days in jail while the case was pending.

The charges stem first from a traffic stop in Shullsburg last December, when she and a 32-year-old Dubuque man, Jason M. Schumacher, were found with meth and paraphernalia in the vehicle, according to court records.

The rest of the charges are from the bust of a Shullsburg meth lab in late January. Groom was found to be cooking meth in an apartment at 221 W. Water St., aided by the man who rented it, 59-year-old Robert F. Gundry. He has since pleaded guilty and was put on two years probation for felony convictions of possessing meth precursors and waste.

Before Groom's sentencing, the judge received letters of support from her grandmother, husband and a friend.

"We have been blessed with the best behaved children anyone could ask for," her husband Jonathan Groom, 30, wrote the judge, "and we messed up."

Groom, who noted he is on probation, blamed himself for his wife's "recent activities."

"I am preparing to be the father and husband I need to be and I am begging you to give Latasha the same chance as I got," he wrote.

Conditions of Latasha Groom's probation include payment of $1,728 in restitution to the Shullsburg Fire District for the cleanup of the meth lab. She is also ordered to seek a mental health assessment and full-time employment.