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Mattern to serve three years in state prison

By Staff | Sep 12, 2014

Joni Theresa Mattern, 33, of Rugby, will serve three years in prison after pleading guilty Sept. 4 in Northeast District Court in Rugby, to three felonies, including a Class AA charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Judge John C. McClintock Jr., sentenced Mattern to five years, with two suspended, and five years supervised probation after her time at Dakota Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England. Mattern faces life in prison, if she violates that probation beginning in 2017.

Mattern also pleaded guilty to maintaining a dwelling for using a controlled substance and endangerment of a child, both Class C felonies. She also pleaded guilty to theft of property, a Class B misdemeanor; and ingesting a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

A Class C felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed. She was ordered to pay $3,975 to the Heart of America Community Service Program, and $1,025 was ordered paid for court fines and fees.

Other court findings

Seven felony cases were heard Sept. 2. David Duane Kramer, 45, of Rugby, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, a Class C felony. Kramer was sentenced to two years in jail with all but 90 days suspended. He will have supervised probation for three years, pay $560 in court fees and must complete alcohol treatment. Kramer fired a gun in his backyard of the 400 block of 2nd Street SW in Rugby in April. Kramer also pleaded guilty to preventing arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.

Jennifer Marie Ebach, 31, of Rugby, made an initial appearance on a Class C felony charge of criminal trespass. She pleaded guilty and the charge was dropped to a Class A misdemeanor. She also pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct. She already served five days and received two years unsupervised probation and 30 hours community service. She also will have to complete treatment.

Louis Felix Sasse, 21, of Towner, pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class C felony. He was sentenced to one year and one day with all but 90 days suspened. Sasse pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor and another count of the same charge was dismissed. He was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution and $560 in court fees. Sasse tried to break into the North Envision station in Rugby in May. He broke into an Envision vehicle and also caused damage to a neighboring house.

Jeramie John Davis, 24, of Belcourt, had a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 2. Davis is charge with two Class C felonies, including possession of a controlled substance (schedule IV) and possession of drug paraphernalia (meth). Davis also is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia (marijuana), and driving with a suspended license.

Bradley Michael Geyen, 44, of Towner, had a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 2. Geyen is charged with forgery or counterfeiting, a Class C felony.

Justin Ridley Cruse, 32, of Williston, had a revocation of probation hearing set for Sept. 23. Cruse is on probation from a meth possession conviction in 2013.

Paul John Dobson, 26, of Rugby, pled guilty to corruption or solicitation of a minor, a Class C felony. Sentencing was continued until after a sex-offender evaulation is completed.

– Tribune Staff Report

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