LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two Lufkin women have pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to their parts in a meth conspiracy case.
Deana Sunshine Turner, 35, and Crystal Leann Keisler, 23, pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of listed chemicals.
In Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn's Lufkin courtroom Thursday, Assistant United States Attorney Reynaldo Morin explained he would have presented evidence that Turner bought pseudeophedrine at a CVS in Carthage within minutes that her co-defendant, David Arthur Dunman Jr., 52, did the same. Another witness would say the same at Lufkin Walmart.
The prosecuting attorney said deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office would testify they kept surveillance of Dunman's house and saw Turner go there on several occasions. They would also testify that Turner admitted he was making meth with the medication she was buying.
During Keisler's hearing, Morin explained the government had evidence that she went to the Lufkin Walmart in 2010 and bought pseudeophedrine the same day that Dunman did. The sheriff's office would have testified they saw Keisler going in and out of Dunman's house on several occasions.
"I lived in that residence for a month," Keisler said.
Hawthorn asked if the allegation was not true, and if Keisler knew the cold medicine would be used to make meth. She admitted both allegations were true and began crying as she pleaded guilty.
A sentencing hearing will take place at a later date. Until then, Turner is released on pre-trial conditions and Keisler will remain in the custody of U.S. marshals.
Both women face up to 20 years in federal prison.
Dunman's attorney, Al Charanza, said Dunman has agreed to plead guilty to two of the counts.
The indictment alleges the three would purchase pseudeophedrine from various pharmacies in East Texas to allow Dunman to cook the meth to sell.