Woman sentenced for criminal trespass, meth possession

A 54-year-old Minot woman was sentenced to time served and probation on Thursday for trespassing at a northwest Minot residence in March 2017 while in possession of methamphetamine.

Deborah Sue Peterson pleaded guilty to Class C felony criminal trespass and Class A misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine.

Judge Doug Mattson sentenced her to one year in prison, with all time suspended except the 10 days she already served, on the criminal trespass charge, followed by two years of supervised probation. She must also pay $1,100 in court costs. She was ordered to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation on the drug charge and sentenced to 360 days in jail, all suspended except 10 days already served.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, a 77-year-old woman called police and told them that a strange woman she did not know was in her house and was refusing to leave. Peterson told the homeowner that a man had given her permission to be there. That man is neither an owner nor a resident of the home. Peterson set down a prescription pill bottle while she was in her house that contained a small ziplock baggie filled with methamphetamine. The officer wrote that Peterson started talking to a “Ron” while he was trying to interview her. No Ron was present.

“I think you have to consider yourself lucky that you weren’t shot,” Mattson told Peterson.

Mattson said homeowners have a right to defend themselves against intruders and they have no duty to retreat.

– Andrea Johnson