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A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to distributing marijuana. Casey Nespor, 18, entered his plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. In exchange for his guilty pleas to distribution of more than 1 ounce of marijuana but less than 1 pound, and distribution of 1 ounce or less of marijuana, the state agreed to dismiss other charges. The state also agreed to recommend five years in prison with two suspended for the first charge and two years in prison for the second, with those sentences running concurrently, or at the same time.
A Mitchell woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a controlled substance. Tessica Bjornebo, 31, entered her plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Bjornebo was arrested in May for possession of fentanyl patches, a prescription drug, for which she did not have a prescription. As a part of a plea agreement, Bjornebo will agree to pay all prosecution costs, the state will drop two other related charges and will not enter a habitual offender status, and will not ask for more than five years in prison.
A Mitchell man will be on probation for two years for violating his probation. Jacob Fredericks, 24, was sentenced to two years in prison in August 2012 for violating probation on a felony drug charge, but Judge Rodney Steele suspended execution of that sentence, placing him back on probation. He recently violated that probation by possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, refusing to submit to a urinalysis, and failing to make payments and keep contact with court services.
A Fort Thompson man received a two-year suspended execution of sentence Tuesday on an escape charge. Curtis Miller, 28, entered his plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. He failed to turn himself in after he didn't follow conditions of a court-ordered furlough in October. He will spend two years on probation for second-degree escape, and Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered he spend 180 days in county jail, with 123 suspended for time already served. Miller will serve 30 days beginning Dec. 1, 2013, and 27 days beginning Dec.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center to possession of a controlled substance. Nicholas Tischler, 25, pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine, which he used about four days prior to being arrested for first-offense drunken driving. He was driving home on Jan. 29 when he was pulled over and arrested for DUI. The blood test showed he had meth in his system as well as a 0.168 blood alcohol level.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentional property damage and to his role in a hit-and-run injury accident. Max Mohr, 21, attempted to get into his ex-girlfriend's home by breaking a window and a door frame March 3. Neighbor Kyle Bussmus attempted to prevent Mohr from leaving by parking behind Mohr's truck. Bussmus jumped on Mohr's hood, Mohr said in court. Mohr turned his truck around and Bussmus slid off the hood.
A Mitchell man pleaded not guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center to possession and distribution of a controlled substance. John Bunker, 47, is accused of two counts of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of meth. Each charge carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both. Judge Tim Bjorkman scheduled a jury trial for October.
U.S. Sens. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., announced Wednesday that their resolution calling for action to improve rural communications passed the Senate Commerce Committee, paving the way for a vote in the full Senate. The resolution underscores the need to resolve rural call completion problems and crack down on carriers that discriminate against rural customers. "The pervasive call completion problem is very troubling, especially in a rural state like South Dakota," Johnson said in a written statement.
A Mitchell man was granted a furlough until his next court date after violating his probation. Jesse White Bull, 27, is accused of violating the terms of his probation on a burglary conviction in 2011. White Bull was convicted of disorderly conduct in November 2012 and issued a citation for burglary/breaking and entering this month. A Mitchell police report also reportedly showed he was intoxicated this month in Mitchell. He has also failed to pay back court costs and fines.
A Mitchell man pleaded not guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center to distribution and possession of marijuana. Brian Volk, 38, is accused of distribution of 1 ounce or less of marijuana and possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana. The felony charge of distribution carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison, a $4,000 fine or both. Judge Tim Bjorkman scheduled a jury trial for October and agreed to Volk's attorney's request to allow Volk to travel to Chicago to see his mother in August.