- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) - A former prisoner who was released last year after being convicted in a violent roadside attack has had her probation revoked.

District Judge Juneal Kerrick on Thursday ordered Sarah Pearce, 33, to serve a rider treatment program for violating her probation by possessing drugs and committing petty theft, The Idaho Press-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1QTUo0O ).

In the rider program, Pearce will receive education and treatment for up to a year, at which point she can petition a judge to again place her on probation.

Pearce previously spent 11 years in prison for the June 2000 attack of Linda Lebrane. The victim told police a group beat her with a baseball bat and stabbed her on the side of Interstate 84. Pearce was released on probation in 2014 after a Kerrick acknowledged problems with witness accounts and a police lineup.

“You have become, after all those years in custody, more comfortable in jail than not,” Kerrick told Pearce on Thursday.

Pearce was arrested when she was 19 and shortly after sentenced for the Lebrane attack. She did not receive substance abuse programming while incarcerated because she was immediately released. Substance abuse programming is sometimes provided to offenders in prison preparing for release.

Pearce also has a pending case in Ada County for drug charges and is set for sentencing in that case on May 11.


Information from: Idaho Press-Tribune, http://www.idahopress.com



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