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Northeast district court update

By Staff | Feb 21, 2014

Northeast District Judge John C. McClintock Jr. heard five cases involving felony charges on Tuesday at the Pierce County Courthouse.

Brett Ganje, 21, of Rugby, plead guilty to failure to register as a sex offender, a Class C felony. Ganje was sentenced to one year and one day at Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center, with all but 90 days suspended. He will also serve three years of supervised probation.

Gary Standingchief, 28, of Havre, Mont., plead guilty to terrorizing, a Class C felony. Standingchief was charged for brandishing a knife in a threatening manner at a Rugby apartment on Dec. 1, 2013. He was sentenced to one year and one day in jail at the North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck. Standingchief is expected to be extradited to Montana for revocation of probation following the completion of his sentence in Bismarck.

April Houle, 23, of Rugby, plead guilty to three felony charges relating to an arrest on May 21, 2013. Houle plead guilty to a Class B felony for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and received two years of jail with three years suspended; and Class C felonies for neglect or abuse of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. Houle received a deferred imposition of sentence and 18 months of supervised probation for the neglect conviction, and one year of jail suspended for three years.

She has to complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and received credit for previous time served in jail.

Bryce Fleharty, 32, of Williston, made an initial appearance and requested a preliminary hearing on Class C felonies of burglary and theft of property. The crimes allegedly occurred at storage units in Rugby last summer.

Natasha Lee Aiken, 31, of Rugby, made an initial appearance and requested a preliminary hearing for a Class C felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Aiken was pulled over on Jan. 19 and was also allegedly driving under suspension, a Class B misdemeanor, and allegedly ingesting a controlled substance (marijuana), a Class A misdemeanor.

Terrance Ross Aiken, 28, of Dunseith, failed to appear for an order to show cause hearing. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

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