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Man who injured two in June hit-and-run gets 18 months

The Mitchell man who was arrested following a Father's Day hit-and-run that injured two teenagers was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison, concurrent with a longer sentence for forgery.

Ricky Ferguson, 37, pleaded no contest to a first-offense DUI and to a hit-and-run resulting in injury. The state dropped the additional charges of a third-offense DUI, resisting arrest, obstructing police and eluding.

Ferguson originally pleaded not guilty to all charges related to that case on July 10. On that same date, he admitted to violating probation for an August 2017 forgery conviction.

After Ferguson had been given probation rather than incarceration three times prior in the forgery case — once at his original sentencing and twice for additional probation violations that occurred in November 2017 and January 2018 — Judge Chris Giles sentenced Ferguson to spend about two and a half years in prison. Ferguson has been serving that sentence since July.

Ferguson's convictions on Tuesday will run concurrent with his forgery sentence.

"This has been a real nightmare for me," Ferguson said in court on Tuesday.

The new 18-month sentence is for the hit-and-run conviction. For his first-offense DUI, Ferguson was given a suspended 180-day jail sentence and a year of supervised release without a driver's license. He was ordered to repay court-appointed attorney's fees and to pay a $416 fine and $188 in court costs.

On June 17, Ferguson was driving a van in the area of Fifth Avenue and North Kittridge Street in Mitchell when the vehicle struck a moped holding a 15-year-old female and 17-year-old male, authorities said at the time of the incident. After the crash, Ferguson allegedly fled the scene and was located in the vehicle near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Minnesota Street.

The juveniles on the moped sustained minor injuries.