Christopher Lee Rogers, 46, of rural Ogema, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony second-degree assault.
According to court records, on Oct. 17, 2020, officers were called to a rural Becker County home after Rogers hit a young man in the face. The victim told officers he had been given a ride there by a friend to collect a debt from the property owner. He was hit in the face by Rogers before he could get out of the car. Rogers hit him in the face again, and the victim noticed a large blade in Rogers’ hand.
When the young female driver told Rogers she was going to call her dad, Rogers told her to go ahead, adding “I’ll stab him, too,” according to the original criminal complaint.
When officers located Rogers later, he denied he had been there or seen the victim all day. But since he was on probation, officers checked his GPS monitor, which showed multiple stops at the assault scene during the time of the assault.
On May 20, District Judge Michael Fritz sentenced Rogers to 51 months in prison at St. Cloud. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees from his prison earnings. No adjudication was issued on a lesser offense of felony fifth-degree assault.
Robbery, assault charges dismissed against Detroit Lakes man
Jonathan Dean Bloom, 19, of Detroit Lakes, had felony charges of aggravated first-degree robbery and second-degree assault dismissed in Becker County District Court, because he was charged in juvenile court when the offenses were committed, and he is now an adult.
According to court records, on July 12, 2019, a young person and a third party were riding their bikes near the Detroit Lakes Middle School when they encountered Bloom and rode over to talk to him.
Bloom allegedly pulled out a knife and demanded money. Afraid of being stabbed, the victim handed over $60. Bloom ran away. The victim and third party chased him. He turned around and showed them the knife again, so they let him go. They knew Bloom's address and police found him there. He initially denied being involved, then allegedly admitted he stole marijuana from the victim.
The charges were dismissed May 19 because Bloom was 17 at the time and “he is now an adult and has aged out of the juvenile justice system,” according to a motion to dismiss by the Becker County Attorney’s Office.
Detroit Lakes man sentenced on heroin charges
Garrett William Frank, 31, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on felony charges of second-degree controlled substance crime and third-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, the first charge occurred Aug. 25, 2020, when a state trooper received information that a vehicle was returning from the Twin Cities transporting heroin to Detroit Lakes.
The trooper saw the vehicle go through a stop sign 260th Avenue and 130th Street in Becker County, and pulled it over. Frank was driving, and had 11 grams of heroin in the car between his legs, according to the criminal complaint.
The second charge occurred earlier, on July 14, 2020, when Frank sold a gram of heroin to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
On May 5, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony stayed imposition of sentence and placed Frank on supervised probation for 20 years. He was ordered to serve two days in jail, with credit for two days served, and was fined $1,000 plus $1,150 in court fees, and $500 in restitution. He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He must successfully complete the requirements of Drug Court. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus $1,150 in court fees on the second charge.
White Earth woman sentenced for retail theft
Sondra Grace Keezer, 24, of White Earth, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony theft.
According to court records, on May 15, 2020, she was one of two women caught at the Detroit Lakes Walmart under-ringing items at the self-checkout counter. One woman used a barcode she found in the store, hid it in her hand, and used it to scan items so that $495 worth of goods rang up at less than $30.
Keezer admitted she knew what the other woman (who has also been charged) was doing and helped place items that had not been properly scanned into shopping bags.
On Aug. 2, a deputy was called to Orton’s convenience store in Audubon on a shoplifting report. The two had purchased $399 worth of items there and the other woman handed the cashier a check, then immediately left the store and took off in a vehicle owned by Keezer. The handwritten amount and the numerical amount on the check did not match.
On Aug. 3, the two went to Food-N-Fuel in Detroit Lakes and Keezer wrote a $754 check for gasoline and merchandise. When asked for identification, Keezer said she had to get it out of the car. She went to the vehicle and the other woman drove away. They were arrested in the vehicle later that night and gave conflicting statements about to whom the check belonged, according to the criminal complaint.
On May 19, District Judge Jay Carlson stayed imposition of sentence and placed Keezer on supervised probation for five years. She was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for 30 days served, and was fined $50 plus $200 in court fees, and $754 in restitution. Keezer was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.
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Ponsford woman sentenced for meth possession
Amy Sharon Thompson, 23, of Ponsford, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Feb. 2, 2020, a state trooper on Pow Wow Highway pulled over a vehicle because of expired license plate tabs. She was a passenger, and when she got out of the car she left a marijuana pipe on the front passenger seat. That led to a search that turned up one fifth of a gram of meth in her purse and six grams of marijuana. She was previously convicted of felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime in 2015 and 2018.
On May 19, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Thompson to a year and day in prison at Shakopee, stayed five years. She was ordered to serve 173 days in jail, with credit for 173 days served, and must pay $650 in court fees. She was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.
Detroit Lakes man goes to treatment after probation violation
Trevor Duane Smith, 32, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for a probation violation on a felony third-degree assault charge.
According to court records, on July 16, 2020, a Detroit Lakes police officer was watching a residence when he saw Smith and another man get in a car and leave. They returned a short time later, and the second man was walking away from the residence when the officer saw Smith running up behind him with a 4-foot long stick in his hand.
Smith got into a “batter’s stance” and swung the 2-inch thick stick at the man’s head. “It would have caused death or great bodily harm if it hit his head,” the officer said in the criminal complaint. The man, who was not named in the complaint, realized the danger and ducked under the stick at the last second. Smith ran into the residence. The attack was captured on police car video.
On March 5, Becker County District Judge Michael Fritz sentenced Smith to a year and a day in prison at St. Cloud, stayed for two years and six months. He was placed on supervised probation.
He earlier served 66 days in jail, and on March 5 was ordered to serve another 30 days in jail. On May 18, he was ordered to serve the 30 days ordered on March 5 as well as an additional 30 days ordered on April 26, for a total of 60 days in jail. He was authorized to go directly into chemical dependency treatment at ShareHouse in Fargo.