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A 44-year-old man will serve concurrent prison terms for fourth-offense drunken driving and for violating probation terms from his previous drunken driving conviction. Robert Burton Thompson, Mitchell, was arrested March 25 in Hanson County after he was found driving with multiple open alcohol containers inside and a blood alcohol content of 0.171.The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08. At the time of the arrest, Thompson was on probation for his third DUI, which occurred in May 2010 in Davison County. Thompson was recently sentenced to three years in prison with 18
A Minnesota man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail and put on probation for three years for illegal possession of a prescription drug. Nicholas James Siedow, 30, of New Prague, Minn., pleaded guilty in June to possession of a controlled substance. The charge is the result of a traffic stop in Mitchell in which Siedow was caught with between a quarter- and a half-ounce of marijuana and a prescription drug known as methylphenidate, which is used to treat ADHD.
A 23-year-old Mitchell man lost his suspended imposition of sentence Tuesday for violating the terms of his probation in connection with a 2009 felony drug charge. For violating the terms of his probation, Jacob Mark Fredericks lost the suspended imposition of sentence he was granted in connection with a felony marijuana possession charge he pleaded guilty to in December 2011. A suspended imposition gives offenders the opportunity to keep a clear record if they follow all terms of probation. Fredericks was sentenced to two years in prison, but Judge Rodney Steele suspended the e
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying about dates he worked on an application for unemployment benefits. Ross A. Wharton, 48, admitted he worked at some point between March 8, 2009, and Aug. 1, 2009, contrary to what he wrote on an application for unemployment benefits. In exchange for his guilty plea and willingness to pay more than $6,000 in restitution, prosecutors agreed to recommend any prison time he receives be suspended and that he serve no more than 30 days in jail. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for October.
A 31-year-old Mitchell man is denying he violated the terms of his probation after allegedly breaking into a motel room and assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Jamie Dean Drapeau was arrested July 14 and charged with domestic aggravated assault and first-degree burglary, both felonies, and false imprisonment, a misdemeanor.
A 35-year-old Mitchell woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to giving false testimony during a protection order hearing last July. Karina Louise Willoughby faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the perjury charge against her. Willoughby allegedly lied about the source of several emails pertinent to a protection order hearing she testified at July 11, 2011. Willoughby is scheduled to stand trial in November.
A 48-year-old Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. It was the lengthy criminal background of Kelly James Ward that led to the relatively severe sentence for the misdemeanor charge, said Judge Rodney Steele. Ward has three felonies on his record, and another felony charge was dropped in this case in accordance with a plea agreement. In addition to the jail time, Ward was fined $1,000 with $700 suspended. He was given credit for the nine days he has already served in jail.
South Dakotans are split nearly evenly between support, opposition and indecision in regard to an education reform bill that has been referred to the November ballot. That's according to a survey released this week by Nielson Brothers Polling, a Sioux Falls firm.
A judge has lowered the bond for a 22-year-old Mitchell man accused of spending $780 using debit cards and checks he allegedly stole from three vehicles in June. Nicholas Aungie is charged with identity theft, a felony, and criminal entry to a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. His bond was lowered Tuesday to $300 after it was set at $3,000 cash or surety at an earlier hearing. Aungie had been arrested and released on three other bonds before Tuesday's hearing.
A Mitchell woman has pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine. Melissa Ann Livingston, 33, entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty Tuesday to an allegation she had meth in her possession Feb. 18. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted of the felony. Livingston is scheduled to stand trial in November.