BEATRICE – A Beatrice woman whose probation was revoked will serve a 180-day Gage County Jail term, on a conviction of attempting to tamper with evidence.
21-year-old Hannah Thomsen received credit for 31 days spent in custody and could be eligible for release from jail in 67 days. Thomsen had previously been given an 18-month probation term.
She was one of the defendants in an investigation into the theft of guns in a Beatrice burglary in June, of 2019 involving two men. Thomsen was suspected of smashing a co-defendant’s cell phone. Police obtained phone conversation records related to guns and burglaries at two Beatrice locations.
Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan said Thomsen got involved with two men stealing firearms.
"Her charges stemmed from the fact that she helped conceal evidence showing the involvement with those firearms and she was playing a dangerous game. She was convicted, she came before this court, she got the benefit of a misdemeanor. The court also gave her the benefit of probation, which she didn't seem interested in being successful at...she didn't put much effort into."
Defense attorney Jim Nelson said he would not minimize the benefit of a plea agreement and said there is still hope for Thomsen.
"And, I certainly realize that she has to make the steps to work with the court system and work with the probation office. I'm not willing to throw her away, but I would ask the court to consider continuing her on probation, tighted up the leash, extremely tight."
District Judge Rick Schreiner noted state probation officers said Thomsen had not met with them as required and failed to comply in the completion of a presentence investigation.
"You're just not taking this seriously, Miss Thomsen. I tried to give you an opportunity because I told you...another judge, if I put you in jail is going to see that your probation was revoked and they're going to question whether or not, if you break the law later, that putting you on probation is a good idea. I gave you that opportunity to meet with probation to keep you out of jail and you didn't take it seriously. You had other priorities."
In other sentencing hearings on Thursday….
Tyler Eggert was sentenced to a three-year probation term for attempted distribution of methamphetamine.
Dakota Saul was also given a three-year probation sentence for possession of more than a pound of marijuana.