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Jail, rehab ordered for camper TV thief

A Mitchell man was sentenced Wednesday for stealing TVs from unlocked campers at Jack’s Campers.

Matthew Pergeson, 20, received a two-year suspended state prison sentence. He pleaded guilty in November to grand theft.

He will serve 180 days in county jail immediately. Once he has served at least 15 days and a bed is available at Teen Challenge in Brookings, he will be released from jail. Teen Challenge is an addiction rehabilitation program.

Pergeson is also ordered to pay $104 court costs, $45 prosecution costs, $400 restitution, court-appointed attorney fees, serve four years of probation, and enroll in and comply with the 24/7 Sobriety program. He must not consume or possess alcohol or drugs, or participate in gambling. He must complete any evaluations, counseling, treatment or aftercare recommended by court services.

Judge Tim Bjorkman allowed him a furlough to get a physical exam prior to attending Teen Challenge.

If Pergeson violates any terms of his sentence, the prison time could be imposed.

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