BEATRICE – A 25-year-old Beatrice woman will serve a four-year prison term and two years of supervised release, following her sentencing in Gage County District Court, Thursday.


Payton Bishop was sentenced to consecutive two-year prison terms on drug possession charges contained in separate cases. Her lawyer sought concurrent prison terms, but Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner opted for consecutive sentences.


The judge said Bishop’s non compliance with the law or orders of the court has been consistent in her life…starting in juvenile court. The judge review violations of the law involving Bishop in Nebraska and Kansas and said Bishop had a criminal record that was “atrocious” for her age.


"And I've told you this...if you continue to act the way you act, you're going to die..and I don't think you believe me. What's probably sadder than you not believing me is I don't think you care. At some point, you're going to have to. Because if you don't kill yourself, you'll end up killing somebody else, and then you will hate yourself worse than you do now. Every time you're out on bond, every time you get arrested, somebody in this community or somebody in this world bonds you out...so you can go save yourself. And, all you do is more drugs. You think they're helping you and they're not. You need to quit. I've seen enough people your age die senselessly and I don't want that to happen to you, no matter what you want."


More recently, Bishop was booked into Gage County Jail June 25th for six weapons allegations, a drug count, willful reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.  "You sit here convicted of two felonies. You're incarcerated on another charge. The presumption of innocence obviously applies in that case....and you sit there with a smirk on your face. You take none of this seriously. You don't take me seriously, you don't take the system seriously, you haven't taken any of our orders, seriously."


Bishop received credit off one of the drug sentences for one day spent in jail, and for 48 days spent in custody on the other drug conviction.  She’s been ordered to serve consecutive one-year terms of post-release supervision.


Bishop and another person were arrested by Beatrice Police in late June, following a high-speed pursuit that reached speeds over 100-miles-per-hour on Market Street in Beatrice.  After arresting Bishop, police searched the vehicle, finding methamphetamine, two handguns and a set of brass knuckles.


Bishop’s next hearing in that case is scheduled in Gage County Court, for July 26th. (10:30 am)