Beatrice Woman Granted Sentencing Delay

BEATRICE –  A Gage County District Judge has granted a delay in sentencing for a Beatrice woman, but added bond provisions regarding her release.

Payton Bishop pleaded guilty in August to charges of attempted 2nd degree assault, possession of a controlled substance and several counts of shoplifting. She was allowed to enter a Stuart, Florida inpatient substance abuse treatment program, while awaiting sentencing.

Bishop appeared today before District Judge Paul Korslund, saying she has completed the 30-day program.  But state probation had no documentation of that, and was having trouble making contact with the defendant, who now lives in Lincoln.

Gage County Public Defender Lee Timan sought a later sentencing date, giving more time for her to meet with a state probation officer.

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Deputy Gage County Attorney Callyn Schuck objected to delaying sentencing, saying her trust with Bishop, “is waning”.

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District Judge Korslund rescheduled sentencing for November 16th, without revoking her current bond.  But, the judge added additional terms to it.  That includes participating in intensive outpatient treatment, continuing to reside in Lincoln and maintaining regular contact with her probation officer….at least every Monday morning.   Additional provisions bar Bishop from leaving Gage or Lancaster County without court permission and submit to substance abuse testing as directed by the probation office.

Beatrice Police arrested Bishop after investigating shoplifting reports from two north Beatrice discount stores.

Bishop was arrested late last year as a suspect in a knife assault of another woman.  She also had been arrested in October, 2015 for allegedly threatening two Beatrice Humane Society volunteers.