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Former WSU honor student sentenced in cocaine arrest

PULLMAN – A former Washington State University honor student arrested for dealing cocaine behind her sorority’s house in February was sentenced to three months in jail Friday morning.

Sierra M. Windsor pleaded guilty to two counts of cocaine possession in Whitman County Superior Court and was booked into the county jail. Judge David Frazier also ordered her to pay $1,800 in fines and restitution.

Prosecutors initially charged Windsor with two counts of cocaine delivery, which carries a higher sentence, after she twice sold cocaine to a police informant in January. A monthlong investigation by the Quad Cities Drug Task Force led to her arrest on Feb. 16.

The 21-year-old from Hood River, Oregon, was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and a pre-medicine student in WSU’s Honors College. She was expelled from the university and is no longer affiliated with Sigma Kappa.

Deputy prosecutor Dan Lebeau said he reduced Windsor’s charges partly because she had no criminal history.

“It was pretty clear, from the facts that I had, that she wasn’t really a for-profit dealer. She wasn’t really someone ‘in the business,’ if that makes sense,” Lebeau said. “We also had evidence that she had a drug problem herself.”

A message left for Windsor’s attorney, Mike Pettit, was not immediately returned.

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