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Prison term cut short to allow for rehabilitation

A Mitchell man's prison sentence was cut short Tuesday when Judge Tim Bjorkman agreed to allow Austin Dorzok to attend a drug rehabilitation program.

Dorzok, 24, was sentenced in November to six years in prison for violating his probation. He was on probation for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of morphine. Bjorkman modified the sentenced to a three-year suspended prison term.

Dorzok will be released from prison March 11 to attend treatment at Teen Challenge of the Dakotas in Brookings. Bjorkman put Dorzok on five years of probation and sentenced him to 180 days in prison, for which he gave 155 days of credit for time served.

"I've deliberated your case for several weeks," Bjorkman said. "It may be that you can successfully complete that program."

If Dorzok does not successfully complete Teen Challenge, he will be brought back before the court, Bjorkman said.