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Suspected bomb maker gets 11 days for meth possession

A Pukwana man suspected of making a homemade explosive will spend 11 days in jail for possession of methamphetamine. Donald Pickner, 42, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, stemming from a Sept. 26 arrest, during a circuit court sess...

The Davison County Public Safety Center serves as the home for county lockup. (Matt Gade/Republic)
The Davison County Public Safety Center serves as the home for county lockup. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A Pukwana man suspected of making a homemade explosive will spend 11 days in jail for possession of methamphetamine.

Donald Pickner, 42, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, stemming from a Sept. 26 arrest, during a circuit court session Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.

Mitchell police sought Pickner in connection with a domestic assault, in which he resisted arrest and struggled with law enforcement, according to court disposition.

Pickner was, however, also being sought by Brule County authorities, after the sheriff's office, Chamberlain Police Department and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation detonated a homemade explosive that was allegedly found on Sept. 7 in his Pukwana residence. No charges have yet been filed in relation to the explosive.

Pickner's attorney, Donna Bucher, asked the court to consider Pickner's mental health before issuing a sentence. She said Pickner has "significant mental health issues that have gone untreated."

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Pickner was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended to 60 days in jail with credit for 49 days served, and was ordered to pay a $1,250 fine, along with $104 in court costs and $99.10 in prosecution costs. Charges of obstructing law enforcement and resisting arrest were dismissed.

He was placed under supervision of parole services, as he is on parole from charges out of Brule County. He is also facing federal charges of possession of firearms after a felony conviction and failure to appear in court.

Pickner could also be asked to pay any workers-compensation costs related to injuries he may have caused the officers who arrested him, although it is unknown if any costs have yet been sustained.

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