PLATTSMOUTH – A Plattsmouth woman will spend two years on probation for having drugs in a local house and attempting to mislead authorities during an investigation.
Breanna R. Swanson, 25, appeared in Cass County District Court Monday morning for sentencing on two Class I misdemeanor charges. Swanson pled guilty in November to charges of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine and obstructing a peace officer. The state agreed to dismiss additional counts of commit child abuse-negligently and false reporting as part of a plea bargain.
Plattsmouth police and Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to a Plattsmouth residence July 20 with a search warrant. They had learned that Plattsmouth resident Kurtis M. Hillebrand, 35, was possibly hiding in the house. There had been an active arrest warrant for him at the time.
Swanson was in the house and talked with authorities when they arrived. She falsely told them that Hillebrand was not there. Authorities became suspicious about her behavior and testimony and began searching for Hillebrand. They located him in a concealed room on the upstairs level of the property.
Authorities also discovered drug residue on several items in the house. State crime lab workers later confirmed the substance on the items was methamphetamine.
Swanson began a pre-trial services (PTS) program after her arrest. Deputy County Attorney Richard Fedde told the court Monday that Swanson had not performed many of the PTS requirements.
Fedde said Swanson had let the batteries on her GPS monitoring device die multiple times since September. He said she had also failed more than a dozen drug tests during that time. Fedde listed 14 instances that Swanson had tested positive for substances such as methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine and tetrahydrocannabinols.
“She’s not been able to maintain sobriety during this time,” Fedde said. “I don’t believe she will be able to make it on probation given her conduct over the past six months.”
Fedde said Swanson had given birth to a baby that was addicted to methamphetamine. He also said she had accumulated a criminal record that included convictions for issuing bad checks, domestic assault, domestic battery and criminal trespassing. He asked the court to sentence Swanson to one year in jail on the current charges.
Defense attorney Julie Bear asked the court to sentence Swanson to probation. She said her client had a chaotic childhood and was struggling with substance abuse. She said she felt Swanson would benefit from treatment services available through probation.
Judge Michael Smith told Swanson that she had not helped herself with her behavior over the past six months. He said he wanted to give her a chance on probation because of her relatively young age. He warned her that she needed to follow through with all of the probation requirements if she wanted to remain out of jail.
Smith ordered Swanson to serve 24 months of Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision (SSAS) probation. She will be required to abstain from alcohol and drugs, complete a GED education program, submit to random drug tests and complete a tour of the York Correctional Center for Women. Swanson must also complete a financial management class, cognitive behavior therapy sessions, employability course and trauma therapy group.