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Man sentenced for not paying child support

Samuel Joseph Berry, 30, of rural Ogema has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony nonsupport.

According to court records, Berry owes $16,396 in child support. He was ordered to pay $832 a month in 2012. That was reduced to $500 a month in 2014. He was found in civil contempt for nonpayment in 2015 and has paid nothing since Dec. 12, 2016.

Berry appeared May 24 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who stayed adjudication and continued the case. He was ordered to serve three days in jail and make monthly child support payments of $694, due on the first of the month. He must make financial disclosures to Becker County Human Services and his $300 cash bail payment was applied to his debt. Berry also made a $5,000 lump sum payment towards his past due support. He was placed on supervised probation for four years.

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