Couple admits selling marijuana from Sunridge home
February 13, 2012
A Sunridge couple pleaded guilty Monday to charges they were selling marijuana from their home.
Sandy Gennarini, 46, pleaded guilty to sales of a controlled substance, marijuana. He faces up to six years in prison and a $20,000 fine at his sentencing March 26.
Jennifer Ramirez, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. She faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The district attorney has agreed to recommend a 12-36-month suspended sentence and probation for Ramirez.
The plea agreements were contingent on both suspects pleading guilty.
The suspects told District Judge Michael Gibbons they didn’t feel pressure to accept the deal.
“I did the crime, so it’s fine,” Gennarini said.
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He is in Douglas County Jail while Ramirez is out of custody.
Ramirez and Gennarini were arrested Jan. 19 in a predawn raid at their home.
Tod Young, representing Ramirez, asked that the suspects be allowed to have contact with each other.
“She cares very much for Mr. Gennarini. She made it very clear that she loves him and hopes to have a future. If they were married, this wouldn’t be an issue,” Young said.
The criminal complaint alleges that Gennarini sold marijuana to an informant on three occasions.
Gennarini said Ramirez was involved in one transaction when he was at work.
“She normally never touches it,” Gennarini said. “It was a weird situation. It was an oddity.”
“It was just basically me handing him (the informant) the marijuana,” Ramirez said.
She said the marijuana was in the garage.
Gennarini said he started smoking marijuana after 15 years because his liver failed and he couldn’t drink alcohol.
“I was in a lot of pain. I started smoking marijuana. I couldn’t drink because my liver shut down,” Gennarini said.
Gibbons set sentencing for March 26.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Street Enforcement Team arrested Gennarini and Ramirez on Jan. 19 and Gabriel Munoz, 37, and Korinna Archuleta, 33, in early morning raids.
Munoz and Archuleta live in Indian Hills. Their cases are pending in East Fork Justice Court.
The predawn raids were unrelated.