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Felony court cases for Jan. 8

The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a felony court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center. o Michael Buckholtz, 47, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to domestic abuse simple assault in an attempt to put another in fea...

The Davison County Public Safety Center, which holds the county's jail, is pictured Tuesday. (Luke Hagen/Republic)
The Davison County Public Safety Center. (Republic file photo)

The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a felony court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center.

• Michael Buckholtz, 47, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to domestic abuse simple assault in an attempt to put another in fear of bodily harm, a Class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in the county jail and a fine of $2,000; Sentenced to 90 days in jail with 60 days suspended and credit for two days served; Must pay a fine of $500, $86.50 in court costs and a $25 domestic violence fee; Must repay court-appointed attorney's fees.

• Laycee St. John, 28, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to unauthorized ingestion of a controlled drug or substance, to wit, methamphetamine, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000; Court granted a suspended imposition of sentence; Sentenced to 60 days in jail with credit for nine days served and four years probation; Must pay a fine of $1,000, $106.50 in court costs and $82.38 in prosecution costs; Must repay court-appointed attorney's fees.

• Vanessa Sheeley, 29, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting identity theft, a Class 6 felony which carries a maximum penalty of two years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $4,000; Jury trial scheduled for April 22.

• William Mayes, 35, of Mitchell, admitted to violating probation for a previous conviction of possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000; Sentencing scheduled for Jan. 22.

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• Isaac Chytka, 22, of Lake Andes, pleaded guilty to vehicular battery, a Class 4 felony which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $20,000; Next court appearance scheduled for Feb. 19.

• Robert Thompson, 50, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, a Class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in the county jail and a fine of $2,000, and having five prior DUI convictions, a Class 4 felony which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $20,000; Sentenced to 10 years in the state penitentiary with 10 years suspended and four years probation; Must complete James Valley DUI Court program; Driving privileges revoked for three years; Must pay a fine of $1,250, $106.50 in court costs and a $50 DUI fee; Must repay $145 for a blood test.

• Bernard Drapeau III, 36, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 2 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in the county jail and a fine of $500; Jury trial scheduled for April 22.

• Nicholas Tischler, 31, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II and forgery, both of which are Class 5 felonies which carry a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000, and having an altered or invalid license in his possession, a Class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in the county jail and a fine of $2,000; Jury trial scheduled for April 22.

• Dalton Erickson, 21, of Pierre, denied violating probation for a previous conviction of third-degree burglary, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000; Next court appearance scheduled for Jan. 22.

• Andrew Castle, 40, of Mitchell, admitted to violating probation for a previous conviction of reckless burning or exploding, a Class 4 felony which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $20,000; Sentencing scheduled for March 5.

• Aphelia Whiting, 39, of Sioux Falls, pleaded not guilty to domestic abuse second-degree kidnapping, a Class 3 felony which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $30,000, and contributing to abuse, neglect or delinquency, a Class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in the county jail and a fine of $2,000; Jury trial scheduled for April 22.

• Roger King, 51, of Huron, pleaded not guilty to grand theft of more than $2,500 and less than $5,000.01, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000; Jury trial scheduled for April 22.

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• William Foolbull, 38, of Sioux Falls, pleaded not guilty to unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000, and possession of two ounces of marijuana or less, a Class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in the county jail and a fine of $2,000; Jury trial scheduled for April 22.

• April Morris, 31, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to simple assault against law enforcement, a Class 6 felony which carries a maximum penalty of two years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $4,000, and a first-offense DUI, resisting arrest and obstructing police, a jailer or a firefighter, all of which are Class 1 misdemeanors which carry a maximum penalty of one year in the county jail and a fine of $2,000; Next court appearance scheduled for Jan. 22.

• Roberta Miller, 29, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, to wit, methamphetamine, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000; Court granted a suspended imposition of sentence with credit for 53 days served; Sentenced to three years probation; Must pay a fine of $1,000, $289.19 in prosecution costs and $106.50 in court costs; Must repay court-appointed attorney's fees.

• Elliot Star Iron Shell, 28, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to domestic abuse aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a Class 3 felony which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $30,000; Jury trial scheduled for April 22.

• Scott Harsin, 37, of Gregory, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, to wit, methamphetamine, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000; Court granted a suspended imposition of sentence; Sentenced to 21 days in jail with credit for five days served and three years probation; Must pay a fine of $1,000, $106.50 in court costs and $156 in prosecution costs; Must repay court-appointed attorney's fees.

• Michael Weddell, 32, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to a third-offense simple assault intentionally causing bodily injury, a Class 6 felony which carries a maximum penalty of two years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $4,000; Sentenced to 28 days in jail with credit for 28 days served and two years probation; Must complete a mental health evaluation; Must pay a fine of $750 and $106.50 in court costs; Pleaded guilty to possession of two ounces of marijuana or less, a Class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in the county jail and a fine of $2,000; Must pay a fine of $500 and $86.50 in court costs; Must repay court-appointed attorney's fees.

• Brent Wells, 45, of Sioux Falls, denied violating probation for a previous conviction of possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000; Next court appearance scheduled for Jan. 22.

• Morgahn Mulholland, 19, of Independence, Wisconsin, was granted a suspended imposition of sentence for two counts of possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000; Sentenced to two years probation; Must pay a fine of $1,000, $342.40 in prosecution costs and $213 in court costs; Must repay court-appointed attorney's fees.

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• Leslee Wells, 24, of Mitchell, denied violating probation for a previous conviction of a third-offense DUI, a Class 6 felony which carries a maximum penalty of two years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $4,000; Next court appearance scheduled for March 5.

• Tanisha Jeno, 27, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, to wit, methamphetamine, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000; Admitted to violating probation for two previous convictions of possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II; Sentencing scheduled for Feb. 19.

• Ross Yeo, 20, of Mitchell, was sentenced to five years in the state penitentiary with five years suspended and credit for 42 days served for unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000.

• Joseph Gregg, 41, of Huron, pleaded not guilty to grand theft of more than $2,500 and less than $5,000.01, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000, and five counts of identity theft, a Class 6 felony which carries a maximum penalty of two years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $4,000; Jury trial scheduled for April 22.

• Mary Zephier, 38, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, to wit, methamphetamine, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000; Sentenced to five years in the state penitentiary with four years suspended; Must pay $106.50 in court costs and $60 in prosecution costs; Must repay court-appointed attorney's fees.

• Mason Ridgeway, 19, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance, to wit, methamphetamine, both of which are Class 5 felonies which carry a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000, and identity theft, a Class 6 felony which carries a maximum penalty of two years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $4,000; Sentencing scheduled for Feb. 19.

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