A Billings judge on Friday sentenced a woman to the state Department of Corrections who drove with her children while she was high on meth, with a recommendation for a drug treatment program.
District Judge Ingrid Gustafson gave Anna Lee Gress, 36, sentences totaling five years for felony counts of drug possession and criminal endangerment and a misdemeanor count of DUI. As recommended in Gress’ plea agreement, the judge dismissed a misdemeanor count of drug paraphernalia possession.
In another felony drug case, Gustafson gave Gress an additional three-year deferred sentence.
Police arrested Gress in the Billings Heights in June 2013 after responding to a report of a woman driving erratically.
An officer contacted Gress and saw that her eyes were bloodshot, she was grinding her jaw, had chewed her lower lip raw and was moving erratically, charging documents state.
When the officer searched her purse, he found a meth pipe with drug residue. The officer also reported finding several baggies with what appeared to be meth residue in them.
Gress then told the officer that she'd smoked one or two “rocks” earlier in the day and that she'd used the pipe found in her purse, the court documents state.
Her twin children, who were 5 years old at the time, were in the car when she was driving, according to prosecutors.
Noting that Gress had been terminated from a drug treatment court, Gustafson told the woman that drugs serve one purpose, to kill people, and warned her that if she doesn’t deal with her addiction, she will probably die.