A Carey woman was sentenced to a retained jurisdiction program, also known as a “rider,” after pleading guilty in May to one felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. In exchange, the prosecutor dismissed two charges of misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and consumption or possession of an alcoholic beverage by a driver.
At the sentencing hearing Monday, Devnee Petefish, 38, said she was ready to take responsibility for her actions that led to two felony convictions of meth possession in the past seven months.
In December, Petefish was convicted and sentenced by 5th District Judge Ned Williamson to three years probation rather than prison time because it was her first felony offense. During Monday’s sentencing hearing, prosecuting attorney Matt Fredback argued that she immediately violated probation in the December case, and four months after being sentenced was again charged with meth possession after a traffic stop in Hailey that led to her arrest and a search of the vehicle, which uncovered hypodermic needles containing a liquid that later tested presumptive positive as meth.
Fredback asked the court to follow his recommendations for a rider, adding that community-based treatment was not successful in the past for Petefish, who repeatedly violated her conditions of release and continued to use drugs while on probation in the December case.
Petefish’s defense attorney, Peggy Boggs, told the court that her client had used meth intravenously for 11 years and was a functioning drug addict. In total, Petefish served 77 days in jail in this case, giving her time to sober up, which Petefish said was the most difficult step in her road to recovery.
“I’ve done the hardest part,” she told the court prior to sentencing.
Williamson followed the recommendation of the prosecutor, sentencing Petefish to a suspended five-year prison term with the stipulation that she successfully complete the rider program, which will include drug-addiction treatment, within a year. Williamson also noted that this time around Petefish seemed more willing to admit her mistakes and less indifferent to accepting rehabilitative treatment options.