The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center, with Judge Chris Giles presiding:

  • Chance Sheeley, 27, of Lead, pleaded guilty to third offense Driving Under the Influence. He faces a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary for the third offense DUI that's considered a class 6 felony. Sheeley will appear in court on Feb. 16. He is considering entering into a treatment program prior to his court appearance.
  • Randy Johnson, 34, of Mitchell, denied charges that include entering or refusing to leave a property after notice, accessory to a felon and violating probation. Johnson will appear in court on Feb. 16.
  • Dakota Cranmer, 27, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to a probation violation for allegedly absconding. and requested a sentencing delay. Cranmer faces a maximum punishment of five years in prison. His request to delay the sentencing was granted, and he is seeking to enter into a drug court program. Cranmer will appear in court on Jan. 19 for his sentencing.
  • Jess Puepke, 57, of Mitchell, had his sentencing delayed six weeks pending his completion of an in-treatment drug rehabilitation program. Puepke previously pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (schedules I or II), a class 5 felony that comes with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Puepke will reappear in court in six weeks.
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  • Victor Walker, 20, of Mitchell, requested a delay in sentencing for violating his probation, which he pleaded guilty to on Tuesday. Walker faces a maximum sentencing of five years in prison. He's seeking to enter into a drug court program.
  • James Wessels, 38, of Artesian, failed to appear in court Tuesday for the third consecutive time. Wessels was expected to appear for charges that include grand theft in the amount of more than $5,000 and less than $100,000, and another count of grand theft in the amount of more than $1,000 and less than $2,500. At Wessels’ most recent court appearance, he pleaded not guilty to the grand theft auto charges. Judge Giles issued a no bond bench warrant for Wessels arrest. Wessels' attorney said he was arrested and detained in Minnehaha County jail in early December, but he had yet to come in contact with Wessels since his release on bond.
  • Gerald Littlehead, 38,of Mitchell, was sentenced to serve 15 days in jail with credit for four days served, along with two years of probation for charges that include possession of a controlled substance (schedules I or II) and use or possession of paraphernalia. He was also ordered to pay a $750 fine, including legal fees.