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Couple sent to prison on drug charges

March 13, 2019

KINGMAN — Family members, including several grandchildren, asked for leniency as a Mohave County Superior Court judge sent a Bullhead City couple to prison on Monday.

Dennis Childers, 61, and Julia Childers, 52, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of attempted possession of dangerous drugs for sale for selling methamphetamine from their home on Los Flores Street.

It was noted during the sentencing hearings that Dennis Childers had been using meth for more than 40 years and his wife had used the drug for more than 25 years.

“This case is a classic example of what happens when people get addicted to methamphetamine and it just snowballs from there,” said defense attorney Dan Kaiser.

“I’m sorry for what I did. I won’t ever touch drugs again,” Julia Childers said. “One day away from my family is not worth it and I have been in (jail) for 195 days.”

Judge Rick Lambert imposed a three-year prison term for Julia Childers and five years for her husband. The judge said that Dennis Childers clearly was more involved in acquiring and dealing the drugs.

About 9 1/2 ounces of methamphetamine was seized during a March 23 search of the Childers home.

“That’s a lot of meth,” Lambert told Dennis Childers. “You’ve been doing this a long time.”

Lambert complimented those who spoke on behalf of the couple. He said it’s a shame that choices involving drugs separated the Childers from their loved ones.

“It’s the families who have to suffer because they haven’t done anything,” Lambert said. “They’re in as much, if not more, pain.”