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District court hears felony cases

By Staff | Aug 15, 2014

The following cases were heard Tuesday in Northeast District Court.

Justin Ridley Cruse, 32, of Williston, had a bond hearing for revocation of probation stemming from a 2013 conviction of possession of meth, a Class C felony. Cruse appeared via video and was not granted bond.

Antonio Lee Ashford, 46, of Thief River Falls, Minn., made an initial appearance on two drug charges. Ashford is charged with possession of a schedule 2 substance (oxycontin), a Class C felony; and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Ashford pled guilty to the lesser charge and received 30 days in jail with 15 suspended and the felony charge was dismissed without prejudice. He is required to perform treatment and a chemical dependency evaluation with unsupervised probation.

Nicholas Belgarde, 18, of Rugby, plead guilty to terrorizing, a Class C felony. Belgarde brandished a knife. He received one year imprisonment at the North Dakota Department of Corrections with all but 60 days suspended. Belgarde will serve three years of supervised probation, receive anger management treatment and is ordered to have no contact with victims.

Jay Lee Houle, 25, of Rugby, had a preliminary hearing continued to Oct. 7 on a charge of aggravated assault (domestic violence), a Class C felony. Houle also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, for which his petition to revoke probation also was continued to Oct. 7.

Christopher Robin Jetty, 33, of Minot, requested a preliminary hearing on a charge of possession of meth paraphernalia, a Class C felony. Jetty was refused bond as he previously violated bond conditions and failed to appear.

Erion Clarence Peltier, 39, of Rugby, waived a preliminary hearing on a charge of simple assault, a Class C felony, and received one year and one day at NDDOC with all but 57 days suspended. He will serve three years of supervised probation and will need to complete a chemical dependency evaluation and receive treatment.

– Tribune Staff Report

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