Probation, Treatment Ordered in Gage County Drug Case

BEATRICE – It’s a three-year term of probation for a defendant convicted of methamphetamine possession, and possession of money in a drug crime.

Michael Dryden was sentenced Thursday, in Gage County District Court.  His attorney, Timothy Nelson, says his client’s problems with the law all stem from drug abuse.

:30                  “not happening”

Dryden told the judge he wants to change and needs inpatient treatment.  Judge Julie Smith said Dryden was facing a prison sentence of as much as four years, but she opted for a probation term.

:15                  “the same thing”

The judge noted that Dryden’s past criminal record included a robbery conviction, for which he served prison time.

The judge ordered Dryden to complete inpatient treatment and a halfway house program, if necessary.  Smith also ordered that Dryden be held in Gage County custody until a treatment program opening becomes available to him.  Dryden was ordered to pay court costs totaling $323 and must participate in specialized substance abuse supervision.

In other cases in Gage County District Court, Thursday…..

  • Stephanie May was sentenced to 13 days of time already served, and fined $200 on convictions of criminal trespass and theft…reduced charges involving the burglary of a trailer home
  • A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Jeremiah Tart, who failed to appear for sentencing. A new bond was set at $10,000
  • Sentencing hearings were rescheduled for Logan Evans, Clyde Rice and Justin Brown

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