Mitchell teen gets jail term for meth
A Mitchell man who admitted to lying during his presentence investigation had to submit to a urinalysis drug test before being sentenced.
Ricky Taylor Jr., 19, received jail time for ingesting a controlled substance, methamphetamine, to which he pleaded guilty in May.
Before attorneys could make their arguments for sentencing Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center, Taylor's attorney, Doug Papendick, made a motion to change a statement in Taylor's presentence investigation.
Taylor said in the PSI he had not done meth. This was untrue, Papendick said, because Taylor told him and investigators he had taken meth.
"That would obviously change the recommendations of the treatment needs assessment," Papendick said.
"He lied," said Judge Tim Bjorkman in a terse tone. "Is that right Mr. Taylor?"
"Yes," Taylor said.
Taylor apologized for hurting his family and for lying in the PSI. He said he'd stopped using drugs and wanted to get a better job to support his child and "turn his life around."
Bjorkman had Taylor submit to a urinalysis test before handing down his sentence. The test came back negative for any drugs or alcohol in his system.
"Good. I'm glad to hear that," Bjorkman said. "It's clear to me you've grown up in a drug culture. There are others in your family who have dealt with it. But it doesn't have to be your story."
Papendick requested a suspended imposition of sentence and probation for Taylor, stating he understands the seriousness of the conviction and what would happen if he didn't follow through on probation.
Assistant South Dakota Attorney General Katie Mallery said she's disturbed that Taylor lied in the PSI after he pleaded guilty to meth use.
"It shows a great deal of immaturity and that he's not able to keep on a law-abiding path," Mallery said.
She recommended a five-year suspended prison sentence and 90 days in the county jail.
Bjorkman gave Taylor a suspended five-year prison term and 180 days in jail. He began serving 45 days immediately with work release. He will serve the rest of his jail term in 45-day intervals in December, May 2015 and December 2015. He will be on probation for five years, repay court-appointed attorney fees, pay $174.23 in court costs and enroll in the 24/7 Sobriety program.