Justin Paul Bergeron, 38, of rural Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of receiving stolen property and a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, at 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2019, he was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over in Callaway because the driver had a revoked license.

A loaded gun was found between the driver’s seat and passenger's seat. The driver said Bergeron had asked to be picked up in Twin Valley, and entered the vehicle with the gun, which had been reported stolen the day before. A woman told investigators that Bergeron and the driver had gone to her house that day and tried to sell her the gun as well as two computers. The two missing computers had not yet been found.

The drug charge came from a Sept. 10 incident in which Bergeron and another person were seen walking in the backyard of an abandoned house in Detroit Lakes. Police arrived as the two were about to leave out the front door. Both were wearing backpacks containing property from the house, and a sealed test tube containing 5.3 grams of meth was found in Bergeron’s front pocket.

On Dec. 11, District Judge Michael Fritz stayed imposition of sentencing on the stolen property charge and placed Bergeron on supervised probation for five years.

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He was ordered to serve 15 days in jail, with credit for 15 days served, and was fined $500, plus $575 in court fees, with restitution reserved. He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.

On the drug charge, Fritz issued a stay of adjudication and continued the case.

Bergeron was ordered to serve 15 days in jail, with credit for five days served. He was allowed to complete 80 hours of community service in place of the remaining jail time. He was fined $500, plus $500 in court fees, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Felony charges of second-degree and third-degree burglary were dropped in a plea agreement.

Detroit Lakes man sentenced for meth, marijuana wax

Harry William Sperry Jr., 34, of rural Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, shortly before midnight on July 28, a Detroit Lakes police officer was called to check on a vehicle stopped in the driving lane at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Willow Street.

Sperry was the driver and said he had fallen asleep at the intersection. He appeared groggy and disoriented, and when questioned by the officer, admitted he had used drugs. He handed the officer a blue bag containing meth and marijuana wax. The meth weighed 4.4 grams with packaging.

He was previously convicted of fifth-degree controlled substance crime in 2017 and 2019, according to court records.

On Dec. 15, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced him to a year and a day in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years.

Sperry was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for nine days served, and was ordered to pay $1,150 in court fees. He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and to complete a mental health diagnostic. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Detroit Lakes man charged with being fugitive from justice

Dallas Scott Viker, 39, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with being a fugitive from justice from another state, a felony.

According to court records, onOct. 9, Cass County, N.D., issued a warrant for his arrest for domestic assault. He was arrested Dec. 11 in Clay County and transported to Becker County on a warrant. Prior to his release from the Becker County Jail, it was found he was wanted on the Cass County warrant. On Dec. 16, Viker waived his right to an extradition hearing.

Local charges dropped against man indicted by feds

Nicholas Edward Durant, 30, of White Earth has had felony charges of theft and fifth-degree controlled substance crime dismissed against him in Becker County District Court.

According to court records, on Oct. 4, he was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over in Frazee by a police officer who was aware it had been stolen in Moorhead. The car belonged to one of Durant’s relatives, who had repeatedly asked for it back before reporting it stolen on Aug. 30. A search of the car turned up a red container holding several baggies of meth, with a total weight of 3.77 grams with packaging.

On Dec. 15, the charges were dismissed by the Becker County Attorney’s Office because Durant has been indicted in federal court and is in federal custody.