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A Lincoln woman was given a jail sentence after police found drugs in her bag while responding to a disturbance call last year.

Sondra Gray, 37, was sentenced Thursday in Gage County District Court for a charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance, a class 1 misdemeanor, reduced from possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 felony.

The 90-day sentence was a joint recommendation by attorneys given to Judge Rick Schreiner, though he was hesitant to follow it.

“I did hesitate when I heard the joint recommendation for 90 days because sometimes I think that sends the message or appears like I’ve just given up on somebody,” he said. “I don’t like to do that. I know that people can change if given the opportunity. I will tell you, Ms. Gray, that whatever is broken in you cannot be fixed with drugs or any other substance. It’s not going to work for you.”

Gray was one of three people arrested last May after reports that a man with a baseball bat was threatening to kill someone in the 800 block of Ella Street.

Gray was located in the front yard. She said the disturbance began when a man accused her of taking his wallet and money.

The man allegedly made threats toward Gray, who had an active warrant out of Lancaster County at the time for contempt of court.

She was placed under arrest and requested her personal property be retrieved from the residence. She asked that her property be released to her boyfriend on the scene.

Officers asked if they could search the bags she was requesting they obtain, to see if the man’s money was in them.

Gray said she wanted to be present during the search. She asked if she would be charged if officers found a knife.

During the search, officers located three clear baggies that had a white powdery substance is them. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

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