CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A 59-year-old woman will spend four years in prison for distributing a form of synthetic marijuana that damaged the kidneys of a Casper teenager. Julia Cox had earlier pleaded no contest to a drug distribution conspiracy that police uncovered last year while investigating a spate of serious kidney illnesses in Casper.
Police say four people were hospitalized last year after smoking synthetic marijuana. The patients eventually recovered. Cox apologized in court before being sentenced to four years and two months in prison by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl. The judge says Cox, who suffers from a variety of health problems of her own, was lucky that she was being sentenced for distribution. If circumstances had been different, it could have been murder.