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Woman Sentenced On Drug, Prostitution Charges

Jamie Gammel has been arrested twice this year on drug and soliciting charges

A woman who has been arrested on drugs and prostitution-related charges twice this year by Mentor Police was sentenced Wednesday morning in Mentor Municipal Court.

Jamie Gammel, 33, of Mentor, was first arrested by police in August at a Mentor hotel after she advertised her services on backpage.com.

Officers went to her room at Studio 6 and found a make-shift massage parlor with a table, oils and sex toys, police said.

She subsequently pleaded guilty to charges of prostitution, drug possession (specifically, suboxone) and possession of criminal tools -- all misdemeanors.

Then, while awaiting her sentencing on the first case, police again found her advertising illicit services online.

So, in October, she was arrested from the same hotel on charges of soliciting and possession of drug paraphernalia. She has since pleaded no contest to those charges and was found guilty.

Judge John Trebets sentenced Gammel to 180 days in jail but he suspended 118 of those days and gave her credit for the 62 days she has spent in jail since October.

That means she can avoid spending any more time in jail on this case if she stays out of trouble.

Gammel was also fined $300.

CCRady December 19, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Really... Why is this women living out of a hotel room anyway? Why doesn't she have a permanent address? Why was her 180 days in jail suspended? why wasn't she placed in a mandatory drug facility? Lake County Judges are way too eager to put druggies back on the street! I hope Mentor Police make frequent follow ups on her! And maybe next time - she'll stand before a Judge that will actually PUNISH her for her crime!
derp herpson December 19, 2012 at 06:30 PM
And what does punishment accomplish? Prostitution, and all drug offences, are victimless crimes. So why throw her in jail at all? Because she's offended your sensibilities? The truth is, focusing on some faux puritanical standard of conduct is not helping anyone and only continues to harm society and keep the cycle of crime going. How about they rehabilitate her and provide her some education so she can become a productive member of society? What you seemingly fail to realize is that justice does not mean revenge and your very way of thinking is why the US has more prisoners than any nation on earth and why our prison system is broken. But, hey, she's the menace to society, right?
CCRady December 19, 2012 at 06:40 PM
So derp, you believe that even though she BROKE the law (more than once) - she doesn't deserve punishment? That is the exact thinking that keeps putting them back on the street. The law is the law. if you break it, you MUST pay the consequences. I would love to see a three strikes system initiated for drunks, drugs, sex offenders, etc... Three times before a Judge and your off to prison for a long time. And forget rehibilitation. Why should my tax dollars pay for 'trying' to rehibilitate someone who 9 times out of 10 doesn't WANT to be rehibilitated? Laws are made to protect society and they are need to be enforced!
ellen December 21, 2012 at 07:30 AM
So you're thinking is "the law is the law" right? So you always do the speed limit because hey, the law is the law right? And you always use your turn signals, because hey, the law is the law. You never change lanes in the middle of an intersection, always drive 5 mph or less in a parking lot and so on. I use driving as my examples because it seems to be one area where more people than not break the law. Look in the mirror first.
CCRady December 21, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Wow! I cannot believe people accept prostituting and drug use and feeling that it is not punishable by law? That somehow we are supposed to just let her go because we feel sorry for her 'rough life'... Amazing. And Ellen, I wouldn't say I ALWAYS follow the law when driving, however, I certainly know the consequences of getting pulled over and ticketed if I don't! No wonder there are so many criminals who use excuses for committing their crimes. Committing a crime is just that - committing a crime, no matter what the reason. I'm not judging, that's just a fact. I wish people would quit trying to justify unacceptable behavior in our society, just because of the 'bad hand' they have been dealt in life! Everyone has been through or will go through tough times, it's not a reason to disregard the law. That's why our country is a civilized society.
ellen December 21, 2012 at 02:02 PM
No, that isn't what I said or meant. I'm sorry you took it that way. Yes, she broke the law and anyone who does should be made to pay for what they've done. I agree that you suffer your own consequences and take responsibility for your self. By no means did I mean that she should be let go. I was just reacting to your statement of "the law is the law". Yes it is and one should pay. Even oneself. Each crime is of different levels and needs to be treated as such. If you had your way you'd burn them all at the stake and not feel sorry. Addiction is a horrible thing to go through and yes people do get treatment and do get better. But it can take some people a very long time. I'm not trying to make excuses for her in any way. She and others need to pay for their crimes. But I don't think that if they do - depending on the crimes- they need to be locked away for long time.

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