Former Drug Court Participant, Sent to Prison

BEATRICE – A 21-year-old woman who nearly completed the Southeast Nebraska Drug Court program, Thursday was sentenced to state prison.

Alyssa Walmsley was ordered to serve a two-year state prison term, on a drug conviction.

Prosecutor Amanda Spracklen-Hogan said Walmsley was on the verge of being successful in drug court.

:17                  “follow the rules”

The defendant said she gained a lot from drug court but knows she must face the consequences of not completing it.

:15                  “as a person”

Walmsley says she wants to focus on a career of customer service and working with people.

Judge Rick Schreiner said the defendant has struggled with anti-social behavior since age 14.  Schreiner said decisions Walmsley has been making made it difficult to grant probation.

:21                  “up to you”

Walmsley receives 106 days credit off her sentence for time spent in jail.  After prison, she must serve twelve months post-release supervision.

The judge said evidence is showing that those who spend time in prison with supervision afterward, are more successful than those sent to county jail.  Primarily because programs in the state prison system are not available at the county level.

Walmsley was arrested on a warrant earlier this month, after failing to appear in court.  She was initially arrested during an April, 2016 traffic stop by Beatrice Police, where methamphetamine was found in her backpack.

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