Kyle Allen Rusness, 37, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony forgery charge. A second felony forgery charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Jan. 23, 2018, he filed numerous affidavits with the Becker County Court Administration Office in a custody matter. Among those was a letter from a woman supporting his side in the custody dispute. Rusness wrote the letter and forged the woman's signature. He told an investigator he did it with her permission. The woman disputed that, and said she had nothing to do with the letter.

On Dec. 17, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Rusness to 19 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed four years.

He was ordered to serve nine days in jail, with credit for nine days served.

Rusness was fined $300, plus $375 in court fees, and was ordered to follow a number of routine conditions, including obtaining permission from his probation officer before leaving the state. He was placed on supervised probation for four years.

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Detroit Lakes man sentenced for felony DWI

Kevin Lyle Sather, 64, of rural Audubon has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony DWI charge. A second felony DWI charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, at 1:11 a.m. on Jan. 11, a Becker County deputy saw Sather behind the wheel of a sports utility vehicle leave the parking lot of a bar and grill. The SUV crossed the centerline twice, and Sather was pulled over in rural Becker County.

His blood alcohol level tested at .21% at the scene. He was taken to jail, where he refused to submit to further testing. He was previously convicted of DWI in 2003.

On Dec. 17, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Sather to 36 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed seven years.

He was ordered to complete DWI Court, and was ordered to serve three days in jail, with credit for three days served. He was fined $1,000, plus $605 in court fees, and was ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical dependency evaluation, including aftercare.

He was placed on supervised probation for seven years.

Man sentenced for stealing car left running in Detroit Lakes

Michael Gordon Jackson, 29, of Loveland, Colo., has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony theft charge.

According to court records, on Nov. 26, 2019, he stole a black 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix from a woman on Andrews Avenue in Detroit Lakes, who was letting it run to warm up.

A Detroit Lakes police officer located the car driving on Highway 59 south of the Willow Street roundabout. When the officer tried to pull him over, Jackson sped up to about 80 mph. He pulled over and stopped near Muskrat Lake, but wouldn’t get out of the car. He was eventually tased, causing him to roll out of the car, according to the criminal complaint.

On Dec. 17, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Jackson to a year and a day in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years.

He was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for 10 days served. He was authorized to serve the remaining 20 days on electronic home monitoring at his own expense, with work release privileges granted.

Jackson was fined $500, plus $650 in court fees, and was ordered to get a mental health evaluation and a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Drug charge dismissed after man meets conditions

A felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime has been dismissed in Becker County District Court against Jesus David Morales Jr., 29, of Thief River Falls, because he met the conditions of his sentencing.

According to court records, on March 18, 2019 he was pulled over by a trooper on Highway 59 because of illegal window tint. His vehicle smelled of marijuana, and he admitted to possession of a one-hitter and a grinder. A package containing about a pound of marijuana was located between the feet of a passenger, and Morales admitted that he and the passenger bought the marijuana together.

The charge was dismissed Dec. 18, after Morales met conditions that included serving 30 days (three days in jail and the rest on electronic home monitoring), paying a $1,000 fine and $1,165 in court fees, getting a chemical dependency evaluation and following the recommendations, and successfully completing supervised probation.