A Davison County court on Tuesday cut three years off the prison sentence of a man convicted of distributing MDMA in 2017.
Jordan Muntefering, who is currently about two years into what was originally a 15-year penitentiary sentence, was said to be a model inmate who has made significant progress while in prison.
"Jordan made many poor choices in his life that led him to be sent to the South Dakota State Penitentiary," said Doug Dailey, Muntefering's attorney, prior to the sentence adjustment being finalized. "He is truly sorry for that and ashamed of his actions."
Muntefering was sentenced in 2017 to 10 years with five years suspended for distribution of MDMA and an additional 10 years for possession with intent to distribute MDMA in a drug-free zone. Giles suspended three years from the latter sentence and did not alter the other.
Muntefering's charges in Davison County stemmed from two incidents in the summer of 2016 during which police reportedly seized multiple controlled substances and $33,212 in cash, making it the largest cash seizure the city had seen in 20 years. Also arrested at that time was Kaitlin Minder, who shared a house with Muntefering and with whom he was in the process of opening the Hungry Dog restaurant at the time.
"This defendant was a straight up, for-profit drug dealer," said Douglas Barnett, who represented the state in Muntefering's initial sentencing in 2017 and his sentence adjustment Tuesday. "He used drugs, as I understand it, periodically, but this is what he did. This is how he paid for the lifestyle that he enjoyed."
Minder was sentenced in December of 2016 to concurrent four- and two-year prison sentences for marijuana possession and was ordered to pay $14,000 in fines. She is on parole.
Weeks after being sentenced in Davison County, Muntefering was sentenced by a Hutchinson County court to 10 years in prison with three years suspended for second-degree arson, aiding and abetting second-degree arson and third-degree burglary.
According to statements in court Tuesday, Judge Patrick Smith indicated that he would not alter Muntefering's Hutchinson County sentence if the Davison County sentence was changed.