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GWINNER, N.D. -- A 61-year-old southeast North Dakota man who authorities said is an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance has been indicted by a federal jury in South Dakota for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons said Tuesday, Aug. 7, that Bruce G. Maxwell of Gwinner, N.D., entered a not guilty plea to the charge last week. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
SIOUX FALLS -- A Sioux Falls prisoner who was accidentally released on Monday because he had the same name as another inmate that was supposed to be set free has turned himself in. Adrian Ray Watson, 28, of Sioux Falls returned to the Minnehaha County Jail on Thursday, July 26, about 11 p.m. He was being held on $2,500 bail, but jail officials made an error and released him. He was in jail on charges of assault and robbery.
PIERRE, S.D. — A 30-year-old Dickinson, N.D., man has been sentenced to almost three years in federal prison for possessing explosives, some shipped in from Mexico. Nathaniel Johnson was sentenced on Wednesday, July 25, to 33 months in custody in Pierre after he was caught with a South Dakota man while they were on the run from the law in Reliance in south-central South Dakota.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 28-year-old inmate who was wrongly released from a county jail in Sioux Falls because he had the same name as another prisoner is still on the run more than a day later. Adrian Ray Watson was accidentally freed from the Minnehaha County Jail on Monday, July 23, when staff mixed him up with another prisoner by the same name who was to be released on a personal recognizance bond ordered by the court.. Both of the men were from Sioux Falls.
SIOUX FALLS -- Minnehaha County Jail staff in Sioux Falls are looking for an inmate who was wrongly released on Monday, July 23. Warden Jeff Gromer said prisoner Adrian Ray Watson, a 27-year-old charged with robbery and assault, was released from custody because staff mixed him up with another inmate who had the same name and was supposed to be let go. Authorities are looking for Watson.
NEW YORK -- The NFL has halted implementation of its new national anthem policy under an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The two sides announced the deal Thursday night. The agreement also keeps the grievance filed by the NFLPA over the anthem policy, ratified by the NFL owners at their May meeting in Atlanta, from moving forward, at least temporarily.
MCLAUGHLIN, S.D. -- A 25-year-old McLaughlin man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for the beating death of another man who died of blunt force trauma to the head. Sinjin Cameron of the far north-central South Dakota town on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the case and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann in Aberdeen.
SISSETON, S.D. -- A 42-year-old Sisseton man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, according to a U.S. attorney’s release on Wednesday, July 18. Ira Alan Arias, who also lists an address in Fort Worth, Texas, was found guilty by a federal jury in Aberdeen earlier this year on three counts of sexual abuse of a child.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A 44-year-old Rapid City man has been sent to federal prison for more than 14 years for stealing more than $1 million from a used car dealership in the western South Dakota city. Brent Bednarz was sentenced Monday, July 9, after his convictions on federal bank fraud and tax evasion charges and was also ordered to pay $1.49 million in restitution.
SIOUX FALLS -- A 59-year-old Sioux Falls man who is accused of taking a woman home from the bar, sexually assaulting her and then refused to let her leave for days has been arrested for kidnapping. Sioux Falls police said Friday, July 6, that Kermit Lee Lewis was arrested by the SWAT team on Thursday night at a west Sioux Falls apartment. Crisis negotiators were also used in the operation. Lewis was taken into custody without incident.