PHOTOS: Three overcome addiction and graduate from James Valley Drug and DUI Court

John Peterson, Venessa Guevara and Kyle Horned Eagle share 1,574 combined days of sobriety.

John Peterson and Kyle Horned Eagle pose with their medal after graduating at the James Valley Drug and DUI Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the Public Safety Building in Mitchell.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic
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MITCHELL — Thursday, May 26 was a life-changing day for John Peterson, Venessa Guevara and Kyle Horned Eagle as they graduated from James Valley Drug and DUI Court.

They were honored and celebrated during a ceremony at the Mitchell Public Safety Center. The complete program lasts at approximately 16 to 18 months, depending on progress.

Among the tasks needed to graduate the program are

  • Court attendance
  • Engagement of treatment
  • Continued care plan
  • Comply with supervision
  • Office visits with court service officer
  • Drug testing and 24/7 or scram, if required
  • Maintaining curfew
  • Monthly home visits and comply with approved housing
  • Attendance at self-help groups
  • Maintain a sponsor and employment,
  • Pay all fees on current drug/DUI court files.

The three graduates share 1,574 combined days of sobriety.

Adam Thury joined the Mitchell Republic in March of 2022. He was born and raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School in 2015. He always had an eye for photography but started honing his skills mid-2014. He has worked on growing his knowledge of photography by shooting for local events. He can be reached at and found on Instagram at
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