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Man gets 40 days in jail for Pukwana break-in

CHAMBERLAIN—A Pukwana man was sentenced Tuesday to 40 days in jail for secretly recording two women in their home in May 2018.

Jason Pickner, 20, was given a suspended three-year prison sentence and ordered to spend four years on probation after pleading guilty to one count of third-degree burglary. He will receive credit for one day served in jail following his arrest and is authorized for work release.

Pickner was arrested on May 17 after a 19-year-old woman found a GoPro and battery pack hidden in a pile of clothes in her Pukwana home, according to court documents. The woman showed the camera to her mother, who said that she had seen the same one in her bathroom earlier that day.

A video of a man going through dresser drawers was found on the GoPro, and the woman and her uncle both identified the man as Pickner to the Brule County Sheriff's Office.

Pickner was called to the sheriff's office, where he reportedly said he went into the house at 6 a.m. and put the camera in the bathroom, then came back that afternoon to move it to the bedroom.

Pickner was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of using a camera to secretly record a person. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on July 24.

On Oct. 2, Pickner pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree burglary, and the state dismissed the original charges.

Based on the results of a psychosexual evaluation completed prior to sentencing, Pickner is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18, excluding family members. He was also ordered not to have contact with the victims.

Pickner must pay a total of $697 for court costs, fines and a blood test.

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