Annette K. Gedwillo, age 48 of Johnstown, appeared in the District Court of Brown County for sentencing on March 11, 2014. Gedwillo had previously entered pleas of guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a Class II felony, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a Class III felony. Gedwillo was arrested on October 9, 2013 near her residence in rural Brown County during execution of a search warrant by the Nebraska State Patrol, Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Tri-County Task Force from the Grand Island area.
Gedwillo was sentenced to a term of incarceration to be served at the Center for Women near York, Nebraska for a term of not less than eight years nor more than 12 years on the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine charge. Gedwillo was sentenced to a concurrent sentence of not less than four years nor more than four years on the marijuana distribution charge.
In a companion case, on February 11, 2014, Travis V. Pike, age 25, formerly of Ainsworth, was ordered to participate in the North Central Problem Solving Court. Pike had previously entered a plea of guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony.
Problem Solving Court is an intensive program with a minimum length of 18 months. Participants in Problem Solving Court are subject to higher levels of supervision than traditional probation. Participants are required to maintain employment or schooling, submit to drug testing, meet weekly with their supervisory team, as well as comply with additional terms adapted toward their rehabilitation. The purpose of the program is to reduce offender recidivism by fostering a comprehensive and coordinated court response composed of early intervention, appropriate treatment, intensive supervision and consistent judicial oversight.
The charges against a third defendant arrested on October 9, 2013 at the Gedwillo residence are pending in the District Court of Brown County. Tammie Sue Vanis is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of theft by receiving stolen property. Her next court appearance is April 8, 2014.