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Marinette County Woman Sentenced for Possession of Narcotic Drugs Without a Prescription


MARINETTE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Marinette County woman has been convicted of possession of narcotic drugs without a prescription.  Amy Peters, 29, 2327 Thomas Street, Marinette, pleaded guilty to one felony count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotic Drugs without a Prescription, a count of misdemeanor Theft was dismissed but read-in for sentencing.  A 9-month sentence was imposed and stayed and Peters was placed on 2-years probation with conditions to include following all AODA testing and treatment, paying court costs and having no employment in any facility that participates in any medical assistance program. 


According to the Department of Justice's criminal complaint, Peters was employed by Arbor View Assisted Living Facility in Plymouth, WI.   Although it was not part of Peters' job duties to help with counting the medications at shift change, on the day in question Peters did assist another caregiver in completing the count. That caregiver was at the end of her shift and left the keys to the medication cart with Peters to pass on to Valerie Elias, the dayshift caregiver who was late in arriving.  A few hours later, when Elias began the process of dispensing medications, she unlocked the narcotics box and immediately noticed the prescription tablets of morphine were missing.  Upon questioning, Peters did admit she had taken the tablets while alone with the key to the medication cart.


The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Gabrysiak.