Tahlequah Daily Press

February 21, 2013

Area woman gets deferred sentence as part of plea

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have given a Cherokee County woman a deferred sentence as part of a plea agreement on methamphetamine-related charges.

Emily M. Bright, 25, was charged last year with separate felony counts of endeavoring to manufacture meth and possession of material with the intent to manufacture.

Bright was released from jail in November and allowed to enter Chi Hullo Li, a treatment center in Talihina.

Prosecutors reduced the charges against Bright to misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and gave her a two-year deferred sentence with supervision from the District Attorney’s Office. In exchange for the deferment, Bright pleaded guilty to the reduced charges.

Court records show Bright continues to receive after-care treatment.

Bright was first arrested last July after she and Arthur Adney, 48, fled from a structure fire on Oak Avenue in Tahlequah. Prosecutors said the fire started as a result of a meth lab that was being produced in the shed.

Adney escaped that day, but Bright was captured and arrested.

She later bonded out of jail, and was arrested in September when authorities went to a home in Park Hill in search of Adney.

Bright, Adney, and three others were at the home where investigators said they found a meth lab and components of a lab.

Bright allegedly told investigators she had purchased pseudoephedrine for Adney to cook meth, and she would then use the money from sales of the meth to pay her bail bondsman.

Adney pleaded no contest to his charges in December was sentenced to 21 years in prison, followed by nine years suspended.