Boyceville woman sentenced to 3 years in prison, 5 years probation on drug charges

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE — A  Dunn County judge has sentenced a 44-year-old Boyceville woman to three years in prison and five years of probation on charges related to possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Brenda L. Herdahl, along with her attorney, James Krave, appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court October 20 before Judge Rod Smeltzer for a sentencing hearing.

[emember_protected] Herdahl, who faced charges associated with four different cases in Dunn County, pleaded guilty on various counts during a court hearing in July before Judge James Peterson.

On a case involving one felony charge of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver and two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, Judge Smeltzer sentenced Herdahl to three years in prison and three years of extended supervision.

In the next case, Herdahl pleaded guilty to felony bail jumping, while charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed but read into the record for sentencing.

Judge Smeltzer withheld sentence in the second case and and placed Herdahl on five years of probation concurrent with the probation in the first case.

In the third case, Herdahl pleaded guilty to a felony charge of manufacturing or delivering methamphetamine while a felony charge of misdemeanor bail jumping was dismissed but read into the record for sentencing.

Judge Smeltzer withheld sentencing and placed Herdahl on five years of probation concurrent with the other probation.

In the fourth case, Herdahl pleaded guilty to one felony count of the theft of movable property/special facts related to the theft of Social Security funds intended for another person for whom Herdahl had power of attorney. Two felony counts of bail jumping were dismissed but read into the record for sentencing.

On the fourth case, Judge Smeltzer withheld sentence and placed Herdahl on five years of probation concurrent to probation in the other cases.

Herdahl was ordered to pay $268 in court costs for each count and a $250 DNA surcharge on each count along with a $10 drug surcharge.

Judge Smeltzer gave Herdahl credit for 81 days of being in custody and set conditions for the extended supervision that included drug treatment court, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse treatment, cooperating with and completing mental health treatment and paying $4,217.25 in restitution.

During incarceration and probation, Herdahl cannot vote and cannot possess firearms.

Surveillance

According to the criminal complaint in the first case, the Boyceville Police Department had been conducting surveillance on 918 Center Street for approximately one month earlier this year based on information from a number of sources that methamphetamine was being sold at that address by Brenda Herdahl.

Herdahl told deputies she traveled to Minneapolis to “Psycho Suzie’s” on Marshall Street to buy methamphetamine but the location had changed, and she went to 29th and Grant to buy meth from a Hispanic woman from whom she has purchased meth twice in the past, according to the complaint.

Herdahl said she usually buys the methamphetamine from a man named Scott.

According to the complaint, for the previous four months, Herdahl has been buying methamphetamine, consuming small amounts since she has an addiction, and has been selling the rest to help her pay for her habit. Herdahl said sales had gone down because of police activity in the area.

All together, 84 grams of methamphetamine was recovered from Herdahl, according to the complaint.

Brenda and Chris Herdahl had been clean from methamphetamine for about 16 years until the fall of 2016. By last December, Brenda Herdahl had started selling methamphetamine to support her drug addiction. Two ounces of methamphetamine would last approximately two weeks taking into consideration Brenda’s use and Chris’s use and the sale of the drug, according to the complaint. [/emember_protected]