Brooks Mitchell Sperry, 38, of Detroit Lakes was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree assault.

According to court records, at 6:13 p.m. March 22 Sperry assaulted another man in a Detroit Lakes bar bathroom, shoving, punching and kicking the man in the head after he fell down.

He told investigators he has known the man since grade school and thinks he’s a bully. Sperry said the man trapped him and pushed him as he tried to leave the bathroom, but the man said he was attacked without provocation. Video showed that Sperry had been sitting near the man at the bar and followed him into the bathroom just before the assault. The man suffered fractured orbital bones around the eyes, vision impairment and chipped teeth.

Sperry appeared in court Nov. 20, where a stay of imposition was issued and he was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for four days served. Work release privileges were granted.

He was fined $1,000, plus $1,165 in court fees, and $2,202 in restitution.

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He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and have no contact with the victim.

He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

A misdemeanor assault charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

Woman sentenced for area burglaries

Jennifer Dalton Gynild, 24, of Minneapolis was sentenced in Becker County District Court on felony counts of receiving stolen property and third-degree burglary.

According to court records, at 9:40 a.m. Aug. 20, Gynild was the passenger in a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge when the driver led a Fish and Wildlife officer on a chase.

The officer pursued the truck for about 2 miles before the vehicle turned onto a dirt road, then a forest trail. He eventually found the truck stuck in a swamp near Schram Road, off County Road 25.

The Silverado — which was stolen, with stolen license plates — was empty: The two had fled on foot. They were found about two hours later.

According to court records, both admitted to ingesting heroin a short time before officers arrived. The man was wearing an empty gun holster, and next to him officers found a stolen, loaded Ruger .380 handgun. A Ducks Unlimited camo bag near the two held several more stolen guns.

Gynild told officers that it was the man’s idea to flee from the Fish and Wildlife officer, telling her their truck was “faster.” She admitted grabbing a backpack from the pickup when she fled on foot.

She also said the man stole tools, guns and a jewelry box from a Todd County residence, and that the two had stolen more items from a garage in Becker County that was “in the middle of nowhere.” The man had taken a motorcycle from that garage and hidden it on a trail, she said.

The storage garage was near the Tamarac Refuge and the burglary had been reported earlier. Multiple items from the garage and from the Todd County burglary were found in the truck.

Also found in the Silverado was another stolen, loaded pistol hidden between the front passenger seat, where Gynild sat, and the center console.

The man, Jeremy David Bromley, 28, of Belle Plaine, Minn., was charged in Becker County District Court with illegal possession of firearms or ammunition; two counts of receiving stolen property; third-degree burglary; and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Gynild appeared Nov. 20 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who stayed imposition of sentence on the two charges and ordered her to serve 40 days in jail, with credit for 40 days served. She was fined $1,000 plus $1,160 in court fees, and must pay restitution amounts of $1,825 and $2,705, for a total amount owed in fees and restitution of $5,695.

She has already completed the TeenChallenge inpatient treatment program, and was ordered to complete aftercare and to continue mental health counseling. She was placed on supervised probation for 25 years.

Park Rapids man sentenced for meth

Jordan William Anderson, 29, of Park Rapids was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Aug. 27, 2018, a Becker County Sheriff’s investigator noticed that he was a passenger in a vehicle driving near the intersection of County Road 125 and Sartain Street southeast of Osage. The deputy knew Anderson was wanted on an active warrant, and pulled the vehicle over.

There were numerous open alcohol containers in the vehicle; a metal tin was found that contained what appeared to be marijuana; and a plastic bag containing 1.1 grams of meth was found between the passenger seat and center console.

Anderson acknowledged the meth was on his side of the vehicle, but the driver stated the meth was hers.

Anderson appeared Nov. 20 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 13 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years.

He was ordered to serve 81 days in jail, with credit for 81 days served, and was fined $1,000 plus $1,165 in court fees. He must get a complete diagnostic assessment, and get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.

He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Anderson was previously convicted of felony third-degree controlled substance crime in 2017.

Pelican Rapids man sentenced after van theft caught on camera

Jacob Steven Wiese, 40, of Pelican Rapids was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony theft.

According to court records, video evidence shows that Wiese stole a yellow van from a Frazee-area business May 12 and drove it to Frazee Family Foods, before making off with $1,719 worth of tools that were in the van.

Wiese appeared Nov. 20 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced him to 13 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed for five years. He was ordered to serve 54 days in jail, with credit for 54 days served, and was fined $1,000, plus $1,165 in court fees, and $4,203 in restitution.

He must get mental health and chemical dependency evaluations and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.

He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Two felony counts of receiving stolen property were dropped in a plea agreement.

Fargo man gets prison time for Becker County burglary

Dustin Alexander DePiano, 31, of Fargo was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree burglary.

According to court records, on Nov. 3, 2017, a cellphone and a pair of binoculars were stolen from a counter where they had been left overnight at a Becker County residence. A patio door had been left open about 3 inches. The theft occurred after the occupants had gone to bed about 11 p.m.

Footprints led from the patio to a residence down the road. DePiano, who had stayed at that residence the night before, admitted that he had entered the victims’ house through an unlocked door and taken the items.

On Nov. 21, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced him to 23 months in prison at St. Cloud, with credit for 478 days served. Fines, fees, and restitution totaling $1,170 were ordered taken from his prison earnings.

The prison sentence was executed at DePiano’s request: His attorney filed a demand to execute sentence on Oct. 17, and his prison time will be served at the same time as a 52-month prison term on a different offense that he received in Clay County District Court, where he was sent to prison on Sept. 4.