Mitchell man gets 90 days for Scoreboard break-in
A man who broke into a Main Street restaurant last year in Mitchell was ordered to serve 90 days in jail.
Laramy Brink, 26, of Mitchell, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, suspended to 90 days in jail with credit for one day served, for breaking into Scoreboard Pub & Grille on Nov. 27 on Main Street in Mitchell.
Brink and another Mitchell man, Michael Goodbeau, 40, broke the glass door of the bar at about 3:45 a.m., court documents state. At the time, the business owner said a cash-filled lottery box was stolen. Brink pleaded guilty on Jan. 30 to aiding and abetting third-degree burglary.
At the sentencing hearing, Brink asked Judge Tim Bjorkman to allow him to serve his sentence on the weekends so he may continue working during the week. Bjorkman said his request, which lacked any mention of his crime or victim, was "self-focused."
"All you can tell me about is how you want to keep working and do jail on weekends and get you through the next period of time," Bjorkman said. "In my view, it's a very self-focused attitude, and it's very short-term type of thinking, and that's probably how you got into the type of conduct that caused you to be in front of me today."
Still, this was Brink's first felony offense, and Bjorkman saw no reason to deviate from presumptive probation. Brink was placed on probation for three years and was ordered to enroll in the 24/7 sobriety program.
He was also ordered to pay $4,145 in restitution and $124.50 in prosecution costs. His 90-day jail term was broken into three pieces, with 30 days beginning immediately, 30 days beginning Dec. 1 and 30 days beginning March 1, 2018. He was given work release for the first 30 days.
Goodbeau has also pleaded guilty to aiding or abetting third-degree burglary on Jan. 30, and he is scheduled to be sentenced on March 21. The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Chief Deputy State's Attorney Robert O'Keefe said the burglary was a concerted effort between Brink, Goodbeau and another defendant, and he recommended they all be held responsible for the restitution.
Crystal Otterstrom, 29, of Mitchell, was employed at Scoreboard at the time of the burglary and allegedly knew of the break-in but did not report it. She is charged with accessory to a crime and possession of methamphetamine, Class 5 felonies, punishable upon conviction by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine; and possession of marijuana, a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.