The judge sentenced Denyer, a former employee of the state
A federal grand jury had indicted the two on charges of distributing 50 or more grams of meth in
Both pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
The judge has allowed them to remain free pending their designation to a federal prison.
Twelve people wrote letters urging the judge to allow Denyer to remain free so she could be with her daughter.
Among those were
Denyer's former employer,
"Libby is a devoted mother," he wrote. "She consistently spent her off-work hours with her child and her parents. They have a strong family bond.
"Libby has repeatedly expressed regret for the mistakes she made. They were done prior to her becoming pregnant and prior to coming to work for us. We have seen nothing to indicate illegal or unethical behavior and believe that she will not have another occurrence."
Hirsch echoed the sentiment.
"Libby had actually reached the point of turning her life around upon the birth of her baby, reassessing and changing her life priorities in order to provide for her child while redirecting her own future," he wrote. "Unfortunately, the past caught up to her at a time when she had begun to move into this new direction, seek personal and financial stability, establish a new persona (including volunteer work for
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