SIOUX CITY | A teenage girl released early from prison for a bogus bank robbery could face more time in custody after her arrest for marijuana possession.
Assistant Woodbury County Attorney James Loomis has filed an application for revocation of probation against Heaven Zevenbergen in the wake of Zevenbergen's Aug. 8 arrest on misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in Ida County.
Zevenbergen, 19, of Holstein, Iowa, was sentenced in February to five years in prison on one count of second-degree theft for teaming with Angelica Perez to fake a robbery at the Security National Bank branch at the Hy-Vee store on Hamilton Boulevard. In May, District Judge Jeffrey Neary reconsidered her sentence and ordered her released from prison and placed her on probation for five years. Perez also was released from prison and placed on probation.
On Aug. 8, Zevenbergen's probation officer and an Ida County Sheriff's deputy visited her home and smelled a marijuana odor. According to court documents, Zevenbergen admitted she had smoked marijuana earlier that day and led the officers to her bedroom, where she turned over a plastic container of a green leafy substance and a pipe with burnt residue.
Court documents also show that a urine sample Zevenbergen provided to her probation officer on Aug. 3 tested positive for marijuana, and she admitted that she had smoked marijuana July 30 at the Creek Fest music festival near Cherokee, Iowa. She did not have permission from her probation officer to be at the rural Cherokee site, court documents said.
While arguing against a prison sentence in February, Zevenbergen's attorney said the teen had been addicted to drugs but had successfully completed a drug addiction treatment program.
Zevenbergen and Perez both pleaded guilty to an Aug. 15, 2015, plan in which Perez arrived at the bank in disguise and passed Zevenbergen, who was a bank employee, a note demanding cash and saying she was armed. Zevenbergen then gave Perez $10,000.