Matthew Silas Dodd, 32, of rural Ogema, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of felon in possession of a gun. According to court records, on Dec. 20, 2020, law enforcement executed a search warrant on a stolen car parked at Dodd’s residence in Becker County. Officers found 17 guns in the trunk, including a sawed-off shotgun with a 12-inch barrel.

The car was reported stolen in Glyndon on Nov. 28, 2019.

Dodd was previously convicted of several crimes of violence, including first-degree arson in 2009, making it a felony for him to be found in possession of guns or ammunition.

On Oct. 4, Becker County District Court Judge Jay Carlson sentenced him to 60 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay $9,339 restitution, along with a $50 fine and $125 in court fees.

He was also sentenced to 27 months in prison on a felony theft charge, to be served at the same time as the first sentence.

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Felony charges of possession of a short-barrel shotgun and receiving stolen property were dropped in a plea agreement.

Rural Park Rapids woman sentenced for threats of violence

Billie Jo Weaver, 34, of rural Park Rapids has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony threats of violence.

A felony charge of second-degree assault was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on April 4, she was angry about a recent breakup, and drove her van headlong towards an oncoming pickup truck, driven by her former domestic partner of four years. It happened on Becker County Road 26, and forced the pickup to drive into the ditch to avoid a collision.

Weaver then turned around, parked in front of the pickup, got out with a silver folding knife and threatened him with it, then used it to puncture a tire on his pickup. The two have kids together, and several were in the van with her at the time.

The couple had broken up two days earlier, and Weaver admitted she drove towards his pickup on impulse when she saw it coming towards her on the highway, upset because she believed she knew whose house he had just been visiting.

On Oct. 4, Becker County District Court Judge Jay Carlson stayed imposition of sentence and placed her on supervised probation for five years.

Weaver received credit for two days served, and was ordered to stay on electronic home monitoring for an indeterminate period of time at her own expense, with work release privileges granted.

She was fined $800 plus $875 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. The sentence is to be served concurrently with another case.

She was also sentenced on a gross misdemeanor child endangerment charge to serve 180 days in jail, with 150 days stayed for two years. A misdemeanor damage to property charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

Ponsford woman sentenced on stolen property, drug charges

Alissa May Clark, 23, of rural Ponsford has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony receiving stolen property.

According to court records, on Aug. 23, 2019, a deputy parked on a rural Becker County road saw a car go past, ran the license plate and found it had been reported stolen at the Detroit Lakes Walmart. Clark was driving and was arrested. She said the car had been loaned to her by a friend and she didn’t know it was stolen, according to court records. A female passenger said Clark had picked her up in the car the day before and told her it belonged to her boyfriend.

On Oct. 4, Becker County District Court Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Clark to 15 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed five years.

She was ordered to serve 74 days in jail, with credit for 74 days served, and was fined $500 plus $650 in court fees and $795 restitution.

The sentence is to be served concurrently with a felony fifth-degree drug charge, in which Carlson sentenced her to 15 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed five years. She was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for eight days served, and pay $575 in court fees. She was also sentenced on a second felony fifth-degree drug charge to 15 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed five years, and was ordered to pay $650 in court fees.

Clark was ordered to get chemical dependency and mental health evaluations and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.

White Earth man sentenced for assault

Jared Joseph Keezer, 32, of White Earth has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree assault.

According to court records, on July 25, 2020, Keezer was with a woman who knocked on another woman’s door and punched her in the face when she opened it. The two women ended up fighting on the floor, and during this time, Keezer kicked the victim in her face, fracturing a cheek bone.

On Sept. 24, Becker County District Court Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Keezer to a year and a day in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years.

He was ordered to serve 40 days in jail, with credit for 40 days served. He was fined $500 plus $650 in court fees, and was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Felony charges of first-degree burglary and domestic assault were dropped in a plea agreement.

Ogema woman sentenced for stealing van

Nicole Grace Jackson, 27, of rural Ogema has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony theft.

According to court records, on July 8, she stole a White Earth van while the driver was having lunch. Jackson was seen driving the van, and is accused of filling up at M&W gas in White Earth Village and driving off without paying for the gas.

The van was later found by Mahnomen County law enforcement in Polk County. Jackson was located and fled on foot.

On Sept. 24, Becker County District Court Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Jackson to 60 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed five years.

She was ordered to serve 51 days in jail, with credit for 51 days served, and was fined $1,000 plus $1,150 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.

Jury acquits Ogema man on charges of burglary, threats

Joseph Daniel Schultz, 39, of rural Ogema has been acquitted in Becker County District Court on charges of felony first-degree burglary and felony threats of violence.

According to court records, on Feb. 14, 2021, a White Earth police officer responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence in Becker County. Upon arrival, he learned that Schultz had allegedly kicked a door open into the house where other identified adults and children were. Witnesses said Schultz stated he had a gun and was going to kill someone. Two males inside the residence chased Schultz out of the house and held him until law enforcement arrived, according to the criminal complaint.

On Sept. 28, a jury found him innocent on both counts.