Casey Michael Wheeler, 29, of rural Ogema was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony receiving stolen property.

According to court records, on Feb. 28, 2018, a tribal police officer responded to a man who said his motor vehicle had been stolen in Mahnomen and had been located behind a residence in Becker County.

The vehicle wasn’t there, but the officer tracked it to a second residence on Becker County Road 158, where the vehicle was parked in the driveway, with several items inside it that had been taken in a recent burglary.

Wheeler said he bought the vehicle from an unknown man in Ponsford and knew nothing about the stolen items.

On Sept. 11, Wheeler appeared before District Judge Jay Carlson, who stayed imposition of sentence and placed him on supervised probation for five years. He was ordered to serve 29 days in jail, with credit for 29 days served, and to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,165 in court fees, plus $548 in restitution.

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Wheeler was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations. A misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property was dropped in a plea agreement.