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Becker County Court news: Lost thumb drive with child porn leads to 39-month prison term for trucker

According to court records, on Oct. 14, 2021 an employee of a Becker County trucking business came into the Becker County Sheriff’s Office with a flash drive that was discovered in one of the trucks owned by the business.

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Man gets 39 months in prison for child porn

William H. Ortman, 66, of Belvidere, N.J. has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on four felony counts of possession of child ponrnography. Five similar counts were dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Oct. 14, 2021 an employee of a Becker County trucking business came into the Becker County Sheriff’s Office with a flash drive that was discovered in one of the semi-trucks owned by the trucking business.

The flash drive was found the day before by another employee who was changing to a different semi-truck. The flash drive belonged Ortman and contained several of his regular family photos, as well as a separate child pornography file.

In a jail interview with a Becker County investigator, Ortman admitted that the flash drive belonged to him and that he had downloaded the child pornography onto the flash drive. He added that he had a laptop in his truck and that it may contain additional images/files containing child pornography.

On April 27, District Judge Michael Fritz sentenced him to 39 months in prison at St. Cloud, with a $50 fine and $200 in court fees. On the other counts he was sentenced to 36 months, 27 months and 18 months in prison, with all four counts to be served concurrently.

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Man gets 23 months for stealing four deer blinds

Nathan Thomas Veesenmeyer, 40, of St. Paul has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony theft.

According to court records, on July 29, 2019 a Detroit Lakes business (that was not named in the criminal complaint) reported the theft of a trailer holding three deer blinds, with a total value of $12,800, that had been taken from a fenced area of the business.

Surveillance video showed that a Dodge Ram crew cab pickup truck made several appearances at the business. The first time, the driver took a piece of scrap metal and the next time the driver was seen messing with the gate, apparently replacing the padlock with one of his own locks.

The truck returned a third time at 5:13 a.m., entered the gate, hooked onto the trailer and drove off with the three deer blinds.

Veesenmeyer was identified as a suspect via the surveillance video, through his driver’s license photo, and by squad car video from a traffic stop.

At the time, a warrant was requested due to his extensive criminal history, the fact he had no significant ties to Becker County, and his history of failing to appear in court: He had been the subject of at least 76 warrants in Minnesota.

On May 3, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Veesenmeyer to 23 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine, $200 in court fees and $16,558 restitution.

Man caught with 4 skinned deer, illegal handgun

Leo Dale Jorschumb, 33, of Mahnomen has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony possession of a firearm.

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According to court records, on Nov.15, 2020, conservation officers found four skinned deer hanging in his garage. He had shot the deer within area 266, which is a one-deer limit in a hunter’s choice area. He had a revoked license, and a Walther PPQ 9 mm handgun was found in his car. Jorschumb has felony convictions on his record and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

On April 28, District Judge Michael Fritz sentenced him to 60 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years.

Jorschumb was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, with credit for two days served. He was fined $500 plus $575 in court fees and to pay $1,000 in restitution. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

DL man sentenced for 16 grams fentanyl

Noah Daniel Lawrence, 20, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Dec. 17, 2021 he was pulled over in Detroit Lakes for expired license plate tabs.

While speaking with Lawrence, the police officer saw a semi-rolled piece of foil with burnt residue marks on it. The vehicle was searched and a backpack on the front passenger floor contained numerous drug paraphernalia and suspected narcotics. Lawrence admitted the backpack was his. Approximately 0.28 grams of field-tested methamphetamine and 16.95 grams suspected fentanyl was found.

On May 2, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony stayed adjudication and continued the case.

Lawrence was ordered to serve four days in jail, with credit for four days served. He was fined $700 plus $775 in court fees and ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

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Perham man drops meth baggie on way into jail

Hunter James Neyens, 26, of Perham has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Nov. 8, 2021, he dropped a baggie containing 1.36 grams of meth, with packaging, on the floor of the sally port at the jail as he was being escorted into the booking area. He was caught on surveillance video.

On May 2, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony stayed adjudication and continued the case.

Neyens was ordered to serve five days in jail, with credit for five days served. He was fined $500 plus $575 in court fees and ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

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