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Woman sentenced to prison after probation revoked in four cases

November 24, 2018

MADISON — A Norfolk woman given a term of probation less than three months ago now has been removed from the program and sent to prison.

Samantha Santee, 29, was sentenced in Madison County District Court to four years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections on her original charges — possession of clonazepam, two counts of possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear.

Santee appeared in court Wednesday morning in front of Judge James Kube and without an attorney.

Kube asked Santee what had happened to cause her to abscond from SSAS (specialized substance abuse supervision) probation right after she had been sentenced Aug. 28.

Santee said she had helped her ex-husband move their daughter to Omaha, and when she came back she found out there was an active warrant for her arrest on a forgery charge.

“I relapsed, and I kind of said screw probation because they’re going to revoke it anyway. I didn’t commit the crime, but they’re going to say I did,” Santee said.

She told Kube how the past year of her life had gone “completely upside down” after she was charged with driving under the influence, had a relapse and lost custody of her daughter.

Santee said her ex-husband has since lost custody of their daughter on abuse charges, and the child is in the state’s care.

Kube told Santee she should have dealt with the forgery charge and given SSAS probation a try.

“I just gave up,” Santee said.

Aside from the first-degree forgery charge she currently faces, new felony charges of criminal impersonation and possession of heroin have been filed. Santee denied heroin use to Kube, saying her drug of choice is methamphetamine.

Deputy Madison County Attorney Matthew Kiernan said the court had taken a chance on Santee and it had turned out poorly.

“It has left the court no recourse except a term of incarceration,” Kiernan said.

Santee asked for a light sentence so she can get back to her daughter. Santee said she would take advantage of any drug programs offered to her.

Kube said he understood that Santee had used drugs since the age of 13, but continuing to use is her choice.

“I tried to give you a chance to get some help on probation and get some treatment. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, so the the only choice now is to get you some treatment in incarceration,” Kube said.

He then revoked her probation and sentenced her to four years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections with credit for 96 days served. Santee must serve two years, less 96 days, before her mandatory release. She was also ordered to serve 12 months of post-release supervision and to pay court costs.

Kube also sentenced others on the following charges:

Possession of methamphetamine

Tina Sulley, 37, Omaha, 24 months of SSAS probation, 90 days in jail with credit for 89 days served, costs.

Jeremy Dewitt, 40, Stanton, two years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections with credit for 96 days served, 12 months of post-release supervision, costs.

Possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver

Shawnessy Sulley, 42, Omaha, 3-5 years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections with credit for 80 days served, costs.

Assault

Kevin Asbury, 37, Creighton, third-degree assault, 69 days in jail with credit for 69 days served, costs.

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