Woman sentenced for three felony cases
Woman sentenced for three felony cases
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A Fertile woman was sentenced Tuesday, Nov. 24 in Pennington County District Court for three separate felony cases.

Nicolle Renee Berg, 37, was sentenced for a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime. She was ordered to serve 17 months in prison stayed for five years. As a condition of that sentence, Berg was ordered to serve 210 days in jail. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted. Once she has served her jail time in three other files, she can be released from jail in this case.

Berg was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. She was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. She was ordered to participate in mental health services as recommended by her providers, including medication management and individual therapy. Berg was ordered to attend support group meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous on a regular basis as directed by her agent; obtain a sponsor, and maintain regular contact with her sponsor.

She was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives for her lifetime. Berg was ordered to provide a DNA sample. She was also ordered to pay $260 in fees and fines.

Nicolle Renee Berg
Nicolle Renee Berg

That charge stemmed from a Nov. 28, 2017, report of a theft at a consignment store. Police found Berg and Chad Aaron Anderson there. He admitted planning to steal a pair of jeans, which he had placed underneath his own jeans. Berg said she was wearing pants that she planned to purchase, according to the complaint. Earrings were missing from a cardboard placard. The placard was found in the changing room where Berg had been located earlier. She denied possessing stolen property.

While police questioned her, Berg appeared nervous and had erratic movements. Given Berg’s reaction, police searched her purse. Inside, they found three hypodermic needles. One needle contained meth. Berg said she had been given the needles by someone else and didn’t know what the needles contained.

The complaint indicated that Anderson was arrested on two active warrants. He was cited for attempted theft, and he has already been sentenced. Berg was also sentenced for a felony charge of failure to appear in court. She was sentenced to 15 months in prison stayed for 30 months. As a condition of that sentence, Berg was ordered to serve 210 days in jail concurrently with another case. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted.

Once she has served her jail time in three other files, she can be released from jail in this case. Berg was ordered to serve supervised probation for 30 months. She was ordered to pay $260 in fees and fines. The same conditions apply.

According to the complaint, Berg appeared Dec. 5, 2017, in Pennington County District Court for four cases. One case involved a fifth-degree controlled substance crime. During that court hearing, Berg was ordered to return to court on Jan. 2, 2018. She then paid $1,000 cash to bond out of jail. However, she never returned to court on that date. A warrant was then requested.

Berg was also sentenced for another felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime. In that case, a gross misdemeanor charge of forbidden contraband articles was dismissed.

For the felony charge, Berg was sentenced to 19 months in prison stayed for five years. As a condition of that sentence, Berg was ordered to serve 210 days in jail. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted. Once she has served her jail time in three other files, she can be released from jail in this case.

Berg was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. She was ordered to pay $260 in fees and fines. The same conditions apply.

Those charges stemmed from an incident on Sept. 10, 2018. A Pennington County sheriff’s deputy learned that Berg was present at Seven Clans Casino, Hotel and Water Park, according to the complaint. At the time, she had six active warrants out of Pennington County. The deputy notified the Red Lake Police Department. A Red Lake police officer then arrested Berg and placed her in the custody of the Pennington County deputy.

Berg possessed a backpack. The deputy asked whether it contained illegal substances. Berg said it didn’t contain such substances. However, the backpack contained a baggie of 0.5 grams of meth. Drug paraphernalia was also found inside. She said the backpack belonged to a friend of her boyfriend. Berg said she borrowed the backpack to haul some of her possessions. She said the meth didn’t belong to her and she didn’t know how it had gotten into the backpack.

On the backseat floor of the squad vehicle, the deputy found a cap that appeared to belong to a hypodermic needle. He also found a syringe that was partially pushed under the carpet. The deputy had earlier cleaned out the back seat. Berg was the only inmate who had been transported since Sept. 6, 2018.

The deputy then reviewed footage from the squad vehicle. He didn’t see her place the syringe under the seat. However, it appeared she was trying to pull something out of her pants. Berg also spent some time in the area where the items had been located.

In her statement, Berg denied knowing about the meth in the backpack. She also denied placing the syringe in the squad vehicle. The deputy then stated his concerns, saying the syringe was missing the needle and it could poke someone else. When asked whether the syringe contained a needle, Berg initially said, “I don’t think so” and then changed her statement to “I don’t know.” The complaint indicated that Berg wouldn’t look at the deputy and said she wasn’t feeling well.