Dean Alan Sargent, 40, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of receiving stolen property.

According to court records, on June 29, he was pulled over by a Becker County deputy for driving 78 mph in a 55 mph zone on County Road 14. His license was canceled, and the gray 2020 Nissan Kicks subcompact sport utility vehicle he was driving turned out to have been stolen.

On Oct. 27, District Judge Michael Fritz sentenced Sargent to serve 24 months in prison at St. Cloud. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $125 in court fees.

On a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after his license was canceled, Sargent was ordered to serve a year in jail, with credit for 103 days served. The sentence is to be served concurrently with the prison term.

Gun, drug charges dropped against Georgia man

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Three felony charges were dismissed in Becker County District Court against David Lamont Evans Jr., 30, of Dalton, Georgia.

Charges of felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree controlled substance crime and third-degree controlled substance crime were all dismissed Oct. 20 by the county attorney’s office “in the interests of justice and prosecutorial discretion,” according to the court motion.

According to court records, on Aug. 1, 2019, agents with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force searched a Detroit Lakes storage unit and found $4,000 in cash, numerous guns, just over 6 grams of heroin and nearly 5 grams of cocaine.

Four days later, Evans met with a task force agent and admitted the storage locker was his and that it contained drugs and guns. DNA results from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension showed Evans’ DNA on two of the guns.

He was previously convicted of residential burglary in Illinois in 2008, unlawful possession of a weapon in 2010 and manufacturing/delivering cannabis in 2010.

Man sentenced after caught with heroin, cash

Vincent Van Verner, 58, of Chicago, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of first-degree controlled substance crime.

On Jan. 8, after a month-long investigation by a half-dozen law enforcement agencies, the vehicle he and two others were riding in was pulled over on Highway 59 as it was southbound toward Detroit Lakes.

With the help of a trained dog from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, officers found and seized about 196 grams of heroin, two grams of cocaine, and $6,274 in cash, according to a news release from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.

They had just bought the heroin in Mahnomen and were heading to Detroit Lakes, according to the criminal complaint.

On Oct. 28, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Verner to serve 65 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed 30 years.

He was ordered to serve 92 days in jail, with credit for 92 days served, and must pay a $1,000 fine and $1,350 in court fees. Verner was ordered to get a gambling assessment and follow the recommendations, and was placed on supervised probation for 30 years.

Another felony charge of first-degree controlled substance crime was dropped in a plea agreement.

Woman sentenced for hitting woman with car, leaving her paralyzed

Lindsey Rae Armstrong, 18, of Crookston has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony criminal vehicular operation.

According to court records, on Aug. 20, 2019, she accidentally backed over a woman at Strawberry Lake store. The two had been arguing and Armstrong took the keys from the vehicle. The woman said she would walk home, and Armstrong, who did not have a driver’s license, got in the vehicle and backed over the woman, knocking her down and pinning her under the car. As the result, the woman suffers from paralysis and needs to use a wheelchair, according to the criminal complaint.

On Oct. 7, District Judge Michael Fritz continued the case without adjudication. Armstrong was ordered to follow all rules of Lakes Group Home and continue to meet regularly with her counselor at Lakeland Mental Health Center. She was ordered to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs, submit to random drug screenings, and complete a MAYSI mental health screening as required by law. Armstrong was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Moorhead woman sentenced for meth possession

Jamie Lee Lemon, 36, of Moorhead has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on June 23, 2019, she was pulled over in Detroit Lakes because a passenger (and owner of the car) was wanted on a warrant.

Lemon’s driver’s license was found to be suspended, and a baggie of meth weighing 1.6 grams was found in the car, along with a smoking pipe.

On Oct. 28, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a stay of adjudication and continued the case.

Lemon was ordered to serve 13 days in jail, with credit for 13 days served, and must pay a $750 fine and $825 in court fees. She was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.

A misdemeanor charge of driving after her license was suspended was dropped in a plea agreement.

Detroit Lakes man sentenced on two assault charges

Christopher Jacob Skaggs Beck, 31, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a gross misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

A felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation and a second gross misdemeanor charge of domestic assault were dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on July 22, 2018, Detroit Lakes police were called to a loud argument between Beck and another man, G.B., who is a blood relative of Beck’s. The man said Beck was upset about family issues and angry at many people in the house. When another relative had told Beck to be more respectful, he put the relative into a chokehold, making it hard for him to breathe for three to four minutes, until others pulled Beck off. Beck also hit G.B. in the ear.

Beck wouldn’t cooperate with arresting officers, and it took four officers to get him handcuffed and into the back of a squad car, according to the criminal complaint.

On Sept. 26, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Beck to serve 365 days in jail, with 335 days stayed two years, and credit for six days served. He can serve 24 days on electronic home monitoring at his own expense, with work release privileges. He must get a mental health and domestic abuse evaluations, and follow the recommendations. Beck was placed on supervised probation for two years.

Beck was also sentenced on a gross misdemeanor charge of domestic assault for a May 14, 2019, incident in which he assaulted a neighbor without provocation. Beck insulted the man, knocked him down, and kicked him in the stomach. When G.B. intervened to help the neighbor, Beck hit him in the head and knocked him over, according to the criminal complaint.

Beck was fined $300 and ordered to pay $450 in court fees and have no contact with the victims.

Two other gross misdemeanor charges of domestic assault were dropped in a plea agreement.

Waubun man sentenced for threatening to shoot car

Terry Lee Sprunk, 64, of rural Waubun, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony threats of violence.

According to court records, on Sept. 12, 2018, White Earth tribal police officers responded to a report of two neighbors arguing over the use of a driveway on the 39000 block of North Elbow Lake Road, Waubun.

Sprunk threatened to shoot the other man's car if he used the driveway again. He admitted to investigators that he had made the threat.

On Oct. 23, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony stayed imposition of sentence and placed Sprunk on supervised probation for five years.

He was ordered to serve 10 days in jail, with credit for 10 days served, and was fined $1,000 plus $1,350 in court fees.

Woman sentenced for two drug-related incidents in DL

Ivy Ladelle Ballard, 47, of Moorhead, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, at 1:28 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2019, a Detroit Lakes police officer saw a car parked in a city park that had closed at 10:30 p.m. Ballard was the driver, and the officer learned that the car had been reported stolen. She was arrested, and just over a half-gram of meth was found on her during a search at the jail.

On Oct. 23, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a stay of adjudication and continued the case. Ballard was ordered to serve 68 days in jail, with credit for 68 days served, and was fined $500 plus $575 in court fees. She must get a chemical dependency evaluation, and a diagnostic assessment, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.

A felony charge of receiving stolen property was dropped in a plea agreement.

Ballard was also sentenced on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime: According to court records, at 2:17 a.m. July 15, Detroit Lakes police were called to a residence on Laura Avenue on the report of a woman, later identified as Ballard, digging through a trash bin and trying to remove tabs from a license plate.

When the officer arrived, he saw Ballard carrying an ax. She was arrested while trying to get into the driver’s seat of her vehicle. Jail staff found two baggies of meth on her, with a total weight of 0.8 grams. Two glass smoking pipes were found in her vehicle.

She was fined $500 and ordered to pay $575 in court fees on that charge.