Failing Drug Court, Beatrice Woman is Sent to Prison

BEATRICE – A drug court termination now means a prison term for a 20-year-old Beatrice woman.

:09                  “to juveniles”

Deputy Gage County Attorney Michael Wehling described the case of Madison Carlson, in Gage County District Court. Thursday.  He sought a six-year prison term.

Gage County Public Defender Lee Timan  said it was not a case of Carlson recruiting a juvenile to sell marijuana.

:17                  “about two years”

Timan said he believed Carlson would still be participating in drug court, except that she became involved in a relationship with a male he described as “a career criminal” on probation with other cases pending.

Judge Rick Schreiner noted that Carlson was expelled from drug court after five months, which included a single sanction involving a 24-hour stay in county jail.

:14                  “what happens there”

Schreiner sentenced Carlson on eight separate counts, amounting to a total of 18-months to 36-months in state prison.  She is allowed to serve the sentences concurrently.

:36                  “there’s another life”

Carlson could become eligible for parole in about eight months.  She received credit for 73 days spent in jail.   The convictions involved delivery of drugs to a minor, using a minor for delivering drugs, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and drug money, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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