Woman gets deferred sentence after 2-year recovery

A woman was given a deferred sentence after being convicted of possessing methamphetamine in a house with children. 

Danielle Jae Harrison, 29, was sentenced in Yellowstone County District Court on Tuesday to three years with the Montana Department of Corrections, all time deferred, and a $500 fine. Harrison was convicted of two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, endangering the welfare of children and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Harrison apologized to the court and the city of Billings for her actions and said they “would not happen again.” 

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During sentencing, Yellowstone County District Judge Michael Moses said Harrison should see the deferred sentence as a a double-edge sword. If Harrison completes the time with no violations or criminal acts, her record will be wiped clean. However, Moses reminded her, one slip up and she would face a full sentence to the Montana Department of Corrections.

Moses said unlike others who had come before him, Harrison had already taken steps on her way to recovery, and he hoped she continued to do well. 

Harrison was arrested in 2012 after a search of her home yielded evidence of meth and other drug use. The home was occupied by five other adults and two children. Harrison’s daughter had a bedroom on the same floor as where the drug use was taking place.