Friday, May 9, 2014

Felony convict to stay on probation

Former medical secretary warned about possibility of incarceration

Express Staff Writer

    A former medical secretary on probation for a 2013 felony conviction for illegally obtaining prescription medication will remain on probation but was warned Monday by Judge Robert J. Elgee that any further violations of terms of probation could lead to jail or prison.
    Cinda Sue Anderson, 54, of Sun Valley, also has two recent misdemeanor DUI convictions in Blaine County, with one in 2013 and the other in 2011. Elgee, speaking at a disposition hearing for Anderson in Blaine County 5th District Court, told Anderson that “You need to wake up and understand where you are.”
    “People who get here for drinking and driving are dangerous,” the judge said.
    Anderson, who was placed on probation for three years for the felony prescription medication crime in April 2013, pleaded guilty on April 28 of this year to drinking alcohol in March, which is prohibited by the terms of her probation. For the prescription medication crime, she was also given a four-year suspended prison sentence.
    Elgee told Anderson on Monday that he could reinstate the prison sentence or impose a jail term but was going to allow Anderson another chance to abide by the directions of her probation officer, who could require that she undergo extensive drug or alcohol rehabilitation.
“I advise you to follow the orders of your probation officer,” Elgee said. “You have to pretty much do what he wants you to do.”
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback did not ask the judge to incarcerate Anderson but noted that she needs to be warned.
“We’re trying to get her attention and make sure she knows we’re watching her and she needs to obey the rules,” Fredback said. “I’m not asking for any additional jail time. I just want her to know there’s a risk in not following probation.”
    Defense attorney Douglas Nelson said his client acknowledges that she has a substance abuse problem and is now seeking help through counseling.

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