Pregnant Woman Sentenced To 6 Years Over Drug Deal

VALPARAISO, Ind. (CBS) — A pregnant Indiana woman has been sentenced to six years in prison, for taking $40 in a heroin deal.

Trista Breneman, 26, was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 6 years on Monday as part of a plea agreement approved by Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford. It was her third felony conviction.

Breneman, of Lake Station, Ind., had admitted to taking part in a drug deal, while the man she was with made the delivery.

Bradford commended Breneman for finally seeking treatment in a methadone clinic and through Narcotics Anonymous and encouraged her to find treatment programs in prison, which would also reduce her time.

Breneman admitted being a heroin addict and had gotten involved in drugs while young and living with a mother addicted to cocaine.

Her sentence included four years probation, where she’ll be required to get treatment after prison.

Bradford denied her request to serve the prison term after her pregnancy.

“I have had more than one person addicted to heroin who did not live long enough to turn themselves in. I don’t want to take that chance with you,” he said.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • kels

    so where does this baby go to?

  • SRS

    Third felony conviction and she is pregnant!! She obviously didn’t learn her lesson the first two times so hats off to the judge for making her serve her sentence now instead of later. As for her child I hope he or she is placed in a SAFE, LOVING environment cause she apparently is not in one! Makes me sad to see young people get themselves involved in these situations when there is no guidance around…I really do hope she gets her life together for her sake and her childs sake…

  • kels

    i’m just curious how this works in prison? you give birth and they take the baby away immediately?

    • TAM

      Immediately in most cases the baby goes to the baby nursery to be monitered for drugs in his/her system. The baby must go through withdrawals for the methadone, (painful) or herion. The baby is now a DCFS case and it will be sent to family first or foster care if no one in the family can care for it.

  • Keith

    This is the problem with these over educated people, they use tax payers money like a stolen credit card and not solving the problem. …..

    • Vetus

      Ok, what could be a solution to the problem?

  • ucity88

    LOL @ Keith…as if over educated people are really the problem here…

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