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Court news: Detroit Lakes man sentenced for assaulting police officer

He ended up assaulting the officer who tried to arrest him, throwing one kick and at least two punches at him, striking him on his mouth and giving him a bloody lip. It took two more officers to get assailant under control and transported to jail.

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David Ray Newton, 37, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fourth-degree assault on a police officer.

According to court records, on Aug. 8 at approximately 9:49 a.m. officers were called to a Detroit Lakes residence, where a family member wanted Newton removed because he seemed to be high on something.

Newton refused EMS assistance and finally left on his bicycle.

Less than an hour later, officers were dispatched to the Holiday convenience store in Detroit Lakes, where Newton had been throwing things at another man.

The man said he didn’t know Newton, who came towards him and was confrontational about something that was allegedly said. The man said he didn’t know what Newton was talking about, and said Newton tried to start a fight and followed him into the gas station where Newton threw things.

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Newton ended up assaulting the officer who tried to arrest him, throwing one kick and at least two punches at him, striking him on his mouth and giving him a bloody lip. It took two more officers to get Newton under control and transported to jail.

On Nov. 19, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Newton to a year and a day in prison at St. Cloud, stayed three years. He was ordered to serve nine days in jail, with credit for nine days served, and was fined $300 plus $450 in court fees. Restitution was reserved.

He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and was placed on supervised probation for three years.

A gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct were dropped in a plea agreement.

Rural DL man sentenced for over 10 grams of meth

Gaillin Gene Bergstrom, 59, of rural Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Sept. 26, 2020, a Becker County sheriff’s deputy saw a pickup truck with a trailer, driven by Bergstrom, cross into oncoming traffic on Highway 34 in Becker County.

Bergstrom was pulled over and his driver’s license was cancelled as inimical to public safety. He was arrested and taken to jail. During a search of the truck, officers found 11 micro-baggies of methamphetamine, with a total weight (with packaging) of 7.23 grams. Another baggie found weighed 2.8 grams.

On Nov. 19, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Bergstrom to 33 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years. He was ordered to serve four days in jail, with credit for four days served, and was fined $1,000 plus $1,150 in court fees.

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He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and must successfully complete the requirements of Clay-Becker County Drug Court.

A felony fifth-degree drug charge and the gross misdemeanor driving charge were dropped in a plea agreement.

He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Mahnomen man sentenced for violating protection order

Brandon Lee Sargent, 23, of Mahnomen, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony violating a domestic abuse no-contact order.

According to court records, on June 23 the car he was riding in was stopped in Detroit Lakes by a deputy for expired license plate tabs. The driver was a woman who had an order for protection against Sargent.

On Nov. 19, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Sargent to 21 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years. He was ordered to serve 35 days in jail, with credit for 35 days served, and was fined $1,000 plus $1,150 in court fees.

He was ordered to have no contact with the victim and get domestic abuse counseling/treatment. He must also get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.

He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

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Detroit Lakes woman sentenced for meth

Lisa Jo Fairbanks, 34, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on June 12 at 2:35 a.m. the vehicle she was riding in was pulled over by a White Earth tribal police officer on Crane Road, because it had a blue light emitting on the front grill.

When the driver got out to shut the blue light off, the officer saw an uncapped hypodermic needle in plain view. When asked about prior use, the driver said he had used heroin about an hour ago. A search ensued, and 3.5 grams of meth was found inside Fairbanks’ purse. She was arrested and transported to the Becker County Jail.

On Nov. 19, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a stay of adjudication and continued the case.

She was ordered to serve 10 days in jail, with credit for 10 days served, and was fined $1,000 plus $1,075 in court fees. She was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.

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