Woman sent to prison for probation violation
July 1, 2013
Probation was revoked Monday for a 45-year-old Gardnerville woman who was kicked out of a transitional living program for a rules violation.
District Judge Michael Gibbons ordered Shannon Sunderland to serve her sentence of three years in Nevada state prison for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
According to a parole violation report, Sunderland was ordered to leave the Step II program in Reno because she smoked a cigarette in violation of regulations which forbid alcohol, controlled substances and nicotine.
Sunderland went to a women's shelter in Reno where she drank alcohol. She told Gibbons she drank deliberately because she wanted to get arrested,
"I didn't know what to do when I ran out of my meds (antidepressants). It was horrible. I was out of my mind. I drank so I could violate. I needed help," she said.
Prosecutor Erik Levin said Sunderland has had multiple opportunities.
"She's had so many chances and has a long history of drug and alcohol convictions. That includes two felonies, two gross misdemeanors and four misdemeanors. She didn't want drug court and she didn't even make it a month at Step II," Levin said.
Gibbons said the only option that remained was to send Sunderland to prison.
"Alcohol is your biggest issue," he said. "You can't even have a drop. Every option has been tried but prison."
Sunderland was arrested Oct. 27 after a family member reported domestic battery. She also was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
At her sentencing in January, Gibbons placed her on two years probation. Terms of probation included a year in Douglas County Jail with 73 days credit time served.
She was ordered to abstain from drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants, and was subject to random search and seizure.