PLATTSMOUTH – A Weeping Water man will spend 90 days in Cass County Jail for violating terms of his local probation.
Tyler J. Wipf, 34, appeared in Cass County District Court Monday morning for a sentencing hearing. He had been placed on a 24-month probation term in March 2017 for a charge of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine.
A Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop in July 2016 after noticing the driver of the car had an active arrest warrant. Wipf was a passenger in the vehicle at the time. The deputy received permission to search the car and found a methamphetamine pipe and several baggies that contained .0943 grams of the drug. Wipf admitted he had smoked the drug in the car.
Wipf was required to attend all scheduled drug tests as part of his probation sentence. He was also ordered to abstain from alcohol and drugs, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and participate in a 12-step substance abuse rehabilitation program.
Deputy County Attorney Richard Fedde told the court Monday Wipf had not followed through on several requirements. He said authorities had arrested him in 2017 on a drug paraphernalia charge. Fedde said Wipf had also missed several tests and had not appeared at a pre-sentence investigation interview.
Defense attorney Julie Bear told the court Wipf had been doing many things correctly in his life. She said he had struggled to remain sober while on probation due to his addiction. She asked the court to delay a potential jail sentence until after July 28 because of several important family commitments in Wipf’s life.
Judge Michael Smith said he was sympathetic to Wipf’s concerns, but he said he was wary of delaying any sentence until August. He said he did not want to put Wipf in a position of possibly committing additional probation violations over the next three weeks.
Smith ordered Wipf to serve 90 days in Cass County Jail. Wipf will be required to turn himself into the jail by Friday, July 13.