Courtney Berry, Sawyer, sentenced to 19 days time served, 3 years probation, for child endangerment

Courtney Alexandria Berry, 29, Sawyer, was sentenced on Thursday to 360 days in jail, all suspended but the 19 days she served in the Ward County Jail, and three years of supervised probation for exposing a baby to illegal narcotics and a filthy house on May 18. Her co-defendant, Phelix Rush-Klevgaard, also pleaded guilty to child endangerment and Class A misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine, but there is no sentence yet listed for him.

Judge Doug Mattson also ordered Berry to pay $650 in court costs and to take a parenting class.

Other charges, including two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana, all misdemeanors, were dismissed against Berry under the terms of a plea deal.

The felony child endangerment charge will appear on her record as a Class A misdemeanor if she successfully completes probation.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Ward County deputies had gone to the residence to serve Rush-Klevgaard and Berry with an eviction notice and had to break down the door with a sledge hammer when Rush-Klevgaard tried to prevent them from opening the door. The house was filled with trash, according to the affidavit. There was a rifle in the bedroom along with several meth pipes and a plastic container containing suspected meth. Berry told authorities she was three months pregnant at the time.


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