A woman who prosecutors said had a significant amount of marijuana in her home has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Jesseaca Finneman, of Williston, was booked into the Williams County jail immediately after a court hearing on Monday. She was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia after a jury trial in September.
During Monday’s hearing, Northwest Judicial District Judge Paul Jacobson sentenced her to five years in prison, with two years suspended, and three years of supervised probation.
Before Jacobson announced his decision, Finneman asked him to consider sentencing her to probation.
“I know that I broke the law in this state,” she said. “This is my fault; I know that this is my fault. I am asking the court to please not pull me away from my life that I’ve been trying to rebuild for the last two years.”
Following the sentencing, Finneman and a number of people, including her daughter, who attended the hearing support of her were in tears.
Finneman, 36, was arrested in October 2015 when police executed a search warrant in her home.
Authorities said they found more than a pound of marijuana, as well as hashish and items for drug use in the house.
A 12- and 14-year-old girl and boy who lived with Finneman could have accessed the drugs, authorities said, prompting two felony charges of child endangerment.
Another resident of the house, Beth Churchill, 35, was charged along with Finneman.
Finneman’s lawyer, Dean Bruhn, contended that prosecutors did not present evidence at trial that Finneman had any intent to sell marijuana,