MOUNT VERNON — The sentencing for a woman who previously pleaded guilty to controlled substance homicide has been postponed.

Michelle Martinez, 41, pleaded guilty on May 23 to one count of controlled substance homicide, one count of possession with intent to deliver and one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

On May 10, 2018, Martinez sold what was supposedly Percocet pills to 40-year-old Ida C. Sylvester, who died en route to the hospital the next morning.

The pills sold by Martinez were later determined to contain fentanyl, a synthetic opioid the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined to be 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.

Martinez’s sentencing was set to occur Tuesday afternoon, but earlier in the day Martinez had filed a pro se motion seeking to withdraw her plea based on what she called “ineffective counsel” from her hired lawyer, Skagit County Senior Deputy Criminal Prosecuting Attorney Trisha Johnson said.

Because Martinez had either already filed or was going to file an official complaint against her lawyer, he requested — and was granted — to be removed from Martinez’s case.

Because she is no longer represented by a lawyer, Judge David Svaren rescheduled her sentencing to allow her time to obtain a new lawyer from the Skagit County Public Defender’s Office.

Svaren did, however, order her to be detained and booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center. Martinez had been out on $500,000 bail.

Her sentencing is now scheduled for July 16.

Martinez’s co-defendent in the case, 56-year-old Milagros Encarnacion, is still awaiting trial.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141,, Twitter: @Kera_SVH,

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