A Carey woman has pleaded guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine and several probation violations, including receiving a new felony charge while on felony probation at a change-of-plea hearing on Monday.
Devnee Petefish, 38, was released from jail on her own recognizance following the hearing in Hailey on Monday, in which 5th District Judge Ned Williamson said it appeared that Petefish was finally ready to accept help for addiction.
The new felony charge stemmed from a traffic stop in March, when Petefish was three months into her three-year felony probation for previously pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine in December. Petefish was pulled over for expired license plates and upon inventory of the vehicle, a significant amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia were found. In exchange for the guilty plea on the felony charge, the prosecutor dismissed two misdemeanor charges of possession of paraphernalia and driving with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.
Petefish’s defense attorney, Peggy Boggs, said on Monday that her client was motivated to change and prosecuting attorney Matt Fredback agreed. He said that she has strong family support to help her through recovery. Williamson agreed.
“It sounds like you want help,” Williamson said.
During his recommendation for sentence, Fredback asked for a “rider”—an up-to-a-year-long program of therapy while in prison.
Petefish is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on July 22.