Written by John Plestina
A man who pleaded guilty to assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and obstruction of a peace officer for an incident in Froid involving the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received a deferred sentence that includes a stiff fine in 15th District Court Wednesday, April 30.
Probation and parole officer Darrin Moser, who works in Sidney, completed the pre-sentencing report on Gary Lee Gibbons of Fairview and recommended that the plea agreement be followed with additional fines. Moser also recommended chemical dependency and mental health evaluations and anger management.
Moser was cited for driving under the influence and domestic assaults in the past. One occurred in
Roosevelt County and the other in Idaho.
Judge David Cybulski upped the fine to $25,000 and length of probation to six years, with credit for more than a year served in the probation program. The fine must be paid over a five-year period.
“I don’t think prison is appropriate,” Cybulski said and added that a stiff fine might be more appropriate.
“Part of my goal is so that you start your life anew,” Cybulski said. “And, you don’t do it again.”
Cybulski cautioned Gibbons that he should be honest with his probation officer if he gets into financial difficulty and has difficulty paying his fine.
Gibbons is an oil field worker employed by Basic Energy in Williston, N.D. There were concerns about jurisdictional issues that place restrictions that could preclude Gibbons from crossing the state line and result in him losing his job.
Moser said Gibbons might be allowed.
Cybulski said he didn’t want Gibbons to lose his job.