A Michigan judge has ordered Ray Robinson, 51, from Alma, to pay his landlords more than $20,000 for contaminating their house with meth lab chemicals, in return for a delayed sentence. Robinson’s $21,000 methlab cleanup bill includes the cost of removing meth lab contamination from the home’s HVAC system and replacing other items in the home that can not be cleaned, such as carpeting.
Under terms set by Gratiot County Circuit Court Judge Michelle Rick, Robinson has 11 months to come up with the cleanup money, during which time he has been placed on house arrest. Under Judge Rick’s terms, Robinson will only be allowed to leave the home to go to work. If he pays the landlord’s the entire $21,000 over the coming months, Judge Rick has promised to take that in to consideration before sentencing him. If he doesn’t come up with the money, he could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in federal prison.
Gittleman, Linda. “Huge Cleaning Bill Part of Sentence for Meth Lab Operator – Themorningsun.com.” The Morning Sun : Serving Clare, Gratiot and Isabella Counties. 13 Sept. 2011. Web. 16 Sept. 2011.