Woman sentenced to drug court

A 20-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos woman who nearly died from a methamphetamine overdose was sentenced Tuesday to successfully complete Western Regional Drug Court or face prison.

Katherine Rose Rempt pleaded guilty to being under the influence of a controlled substance, a felony.

Her heart stopped Sept. 6 when her probation officer was testing her for drugs. She said she had been using methamphetamine for four days.

During that period, she said she was assaulted in a Washoe County motel where she went to obtain drugs.

"I am Ms. Rempt's unsuccessful juvenile court judge," said District Judge Dave Gamble. "I have had contact with her since she was 14. I know way more than I want to know about Ms. Rempt and her tendency to thumb her nose at the law."

Rempt's lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said his client had been changed by the two events that could have ended her life.

"The scare she's had coupled with six months she was ordered to serve in Douglas County Jail gave her hope and expectation she will be able to change her life," Lopez said.

Rempt admitted she hadn't changed since she was 14.

Gamble told her he would send her to prison if she fails drug court.

"If you've ever said anything true, it better be today," he said.

Judge Dave Gamble added six months in Douglas County Jail to the term of a Carson City man who admitted smoking methamphetamine two weeks before his probation was to expire.

Gamble said Paul Allred would receive a dishonorable discharge from probation at the conclusion of his jail term.

As he did when Allred was sentenced in 2005, Gamble disclosed that the defendant's daughter was married to the judge's son.

"I had a relapse," Allred said. "I was living a clean, drug-free life. As soon as I did it, I knew I messed up. I am very regretful for what I've done."

He said the violation was triggered by seeing his -ex wife.


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