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Circuit court cases from 7/26

The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a regularly scheduled circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.

The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a regularly scheduled circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.

Not guilty pleas

• Izaah Gertsema, 20, of Mitchell, denied violating probation by not maintaining employment, not enrolling in a sex-offender treatment program and moving into a residence that housed juveniles without alerting court services. A trial was scheduled for August. Gertsema was originally sentenced for fourth-degree rape of a person between 13 and 16.

• Joseph Hernandez, 27, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine and reckless driving. A trial was scheduled for September. A request for bond reduction was denied.

• Megan Kress, 31, of Mitchell, denied violating probation by testing positive for methamphetamine. A trial was scheduled for August. Kress was originally sentenced for possession of clonazepam and violating probation.

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• Dacie Long, 27, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession and ingestion of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A trial was scheduled for September. A request for bond reduction was denied. Long took a urinalysis test Tuesday which tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana, her attorney said.

• Mark Pretre, 21, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A trial was scheduled for December.

• Kevin Randall, 50, of Sioux Falls, pleaded not guilty to possession and ingestion of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. A trial was scheduled for September.

• Houston Redday, 27, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault. A trial was scheduled for September. A request for a new attorney was approved.

• Alex Schaffer, 20, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to ingestion of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and giving a false report to authorities. A trial was scheduled for December.

• Neva Taylor, 41, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession and ingestion of methamphetamine, keeping a place for the use or sale of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. A trial was scheduled for December.

• Joshua Tipton, 28, of Hermosa, pleaded not guilty to possession of unauthorized articles in jail and possession of marijuana. A trial was scheduled for December. Tipton was granted a continuance for two weeks in another case, in which he denied violating probation by missing an appointment with court services, failing to make payments and failing to enroll in an aftercare program. Tipton was originally sentenced for possession of methamphetamine.

• Valerie Wilke, 48, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession and ingestion of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A trial was scheduled for December.

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Guilty pleas

• Alexander Bear Robe-Hofwolt, 23, of Mitchell, admitted to violating probation by using marijuana on April 3. The maximum penalty is two years in prison that were previously suspended. Bear Robe-Hofwolt was sentenced to two years in prison with credit for 214 days served. Bear Robe-Hofwolt was originally sentenced for violation of a protection order and violating probation.

• Salomon Brownotter, 39, of Mitchell, admitted to violating probation in two cases by driving a vehicle on July 1 with a revoked license and consuming alcohol. Brownotter was sentenced to two years in prison for each case, one year suspended in each, with credit for 88 days served. He is estimated to be first eligible for parole in April 2017. Charges of first-offense DUI, driving with a revoked license and possession of marijuana were dismissed. Brownotter was originally sentenced for two counts of third-offense DUI and four counts of violating probation.

• Joshua Dejong, 35, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine on April 2. The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A presentence investigation was ordered, and sentencing was scheduled for September. Charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia will be dismissed.

• Jessica Laabs, 29, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to ingestion of morphine by ingesting a pill in Burke and coming to Davison County on Aug. 6. The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A possession of methamphetamine case from June out of Yankton County will be dismissed, as well as a charge of possession of marijuana. A short-form presentence investigation was ordered, and sentencing was scheduled for September.

• Kelsea McNeely, 28, of Mitchell, admitted to violating probation in two cases by absconding after a urinalysis test tested positive for methamphetamine on May 23. McNeely was sentenced to one year in prison for one case and four years in prison, two suspended, for the other, with credit for 40 days served in each case. The sentences will run concurrent to each other and to a sentence from Yankton County. McNeely is estimated to be first eligible for parole in January. McNeely was originally sentenced for possession of methamphetamine and attempted grand theft valued between $1,000 and $2,500.

• Keith Ott, 45, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to possession of clonazepam on Feb. 18. The maximum penalty is two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. The state agreed not to file charges from a July 1 incident. Sentencing was scheduled for August.

Sentencings

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• Danica Loseke, 35, of Mitchell, was sentenced to four years in prison, suspended to 90 days in jail with credit for 20 days served, for possession of methamphetamine. Loseke was placed on probation for four years. Loseke was also ordered to enroll in the 24/7 sobriety program.

• River Malatare, 22, of Mitchell, was given a continuation of a previous sentence but was ordered to serve 143 days in jail, with credit for 143 days served, for violating probation. Malatare is also facing charges out of Nebraska. Malatare was originally sentenced for fourth-degree rape of a person between 13 and 16.

• Kevin Mertins, 46, of Willow Lake, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, six suspended, for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The sentence will be served concurrently with a federal charge for which he is currently serving. Mertins is estimated to be first eligible for parole in February 2018.

• Melody Ringing Shield, 25, of Mitchell, was granted a suspended imposition of sentence but was ordered to serve 60 days in jail for ingestion of methamphetamine. Ringing Shield was placed on probation for three years.

• Shannon Sack, 46, of Willow Lake, was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended to 90 days in jail with credit for five days served, for ingestion of methamphetamine. She'll be allowed to serve the first portion of her sentence two days at a time. Sack was placed on probation for four years.

• Christopher Wharton, 53, of Emery, was sentenced to two four-year prison sentences in two cases to run concurrently, suspended to 101 days in jail with credit for 41 days served, for two counts of possession of methamphetamine. Wharton was placed on probation for four years.

Continuances

• Tessica Bjornebo, 34, of Mitchell, was not present because she did not have the resources to travel from Sioux Falls to Mitchell, her attorney said. A bench warrant was issued. Bjornebo has pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine.

• Sir Alexander Dussault, 32, of Mitchell, was not present because he was not transported to Mitchell. He was granted a continuance for one week. Dussault has pleaded guilty to ingestion of methamphetamine.

• Tanisha Jeno, 24, of Mitchell, was granted a continuance for two weeks as she works on a Drug Court application. Jeno is charged with possession and ingestion of methamphetamine, first-offense DUI, obstructing police, a jailer or a firefighter, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of violating probation by driving under the influence of methamphetamine. Jeno was originally sentenced for two counts of possession of methamphetamine and one count of violating probation.

• Brian Mattke, 33, of Mitchell, was not present. A bench warrant was issued. Mattke is charged with possession of methamphetamine and tetrahydrocannabinol, ingestion of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Wade Venosdel, 58, of Mitchell, was not present. A bench warrant was issued. Venosdel is charged with possession of clonazepam, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

• Chad Voeltz, 43, of Mitchell, was granted a continuance for two weeks because he is in the hospital. Voeltz is charged with first-degree rape of a child under 13 and sexual contact with a child under 16.

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