A woman from Chetek who was convicted on a felony drug charge after a jury trial last June is appealing a six-month jail term imposed as part of her sentence, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.
Kristina M. Nerling, 39, Chetek, was convicted of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver following a trial in June.
She was arrested in September 2019 after her alleged involvement in a drug deal outside a Chetek home. At the request of Barron County Sheriff’s Department investigators, Nerling was arrested by Chetek police before she drove out of town.
In a search, incident to arrest, Nerling was found in possession of two bags containing just over seven grams of meth. Officers also found a bag containing five oxycodone pills.
The complaint alleged that the amount of meth found in Nerling’s possession led investigators to conclude that she intended to sell the drug.
The jury reached its verdict on June 25, and Nerling was jailed. She was sentenced to jail with work-release privileges as well as three years’ probation, on Sept. 15. Two weeks later, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, Nerling’s attorney filed a motion to suspend the jail sentence pending appeal. The motion was granted.
Court records said the defendant was released pending a scheduling conference on Jan. 27, 2021.