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Two defendants in Gage County District Court were sentenced to prison terms after failing to meet drug court requirements.

Drug Court is an option available to criminal defendants who struggle with substance abuse issues. The program offers similarities to probation in that it provides an intensive program as an alternative to prison sentences.

If a participant fails to complete the program, he or she returns to court to be sentenced on the original charges, as was the case for two defendants Thursday afternoon.

Jennifer L. Rainey, 41, was sentenced to 6-8 years in prison for aiding and abetting a burglary, while Justin D. Kipf, 24, was sentenced 5-7 years for each of two counts of distribution of marijuana and one year for negligent child abuse. The three sentences will be served concurrently, totaling a 5-7 year sentence.

Rainey was arrested in connection to a December 2016 burglary in rural Gage County. Approximately $1,000 worth of items were taken in the burglary, and it was stated in court her participation in the burglary consisted of driving two co- defendants back to the location after forgetting something during the burglar.

Kipf was one of four people arrested in July 2016 after law enforcement officers raided three houses in Beatrice in a joint-agency drug bust.

They searched buildings at 1222 Ella St., 1420 Scott St. and 954 W. Mary St., "where they located large amounts of illegal narcotics," according to a joint press release from the Police Department and Sheriff's Office.

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