Cory Thomas Swift, 42, of Wadena has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. A felony fifth-degree charge of controlled substance crime was dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, on Jan. 10, 2018, a Frazee police officer was on watch for a stolen black 2018 Nissan Altima after receiving an alert from Wadena County. Swift was believed to be driving the car.
The Frazee officer later saw Swift shoveling snow at a residence in a Frazee mobile home park. The officer approached him and saw a 6-8 inch knife on him. He was ordered to turn around and put his hands on his head. Swift turned around and started to dig near his waistband. The officer secured him and found three other knives on his person.
Swift had taken the Nissan, which was a rental car, from a former girlfriend at 2 a.m., without permission.
A search of Swift turned up the Nissan key fob, a hypo needle and a baggie of meth weighing 1.45 grams.
He appeared in court April 17 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 19 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years. He was ordered to serve 57 days in jail, with credit for 57 days served. He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,165 in court fees. He must get chemical dependency and mental health evaluations and follow the recommendations, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.