Wolf Point Herald

Debbs Facing Incarceration After Failing To Register As A Sex Offender, Violating Other Conditions

A level 3 sex offender from Wyoming is facing incarceration following an adjudication hearing in 15th District Court Wednesday, Aug. 13.
William B. Debbs, 43, of Casper, Wyo., was jailed earlier this year on several probation violations including failing to register as a sex offender and violent offender.
Debbs is listed on the National Sex Offender Registry as a level 3 sex offender and a “sexually violent predator.”
Debbs, who had had previously denied all allegations of probation violations, conceded to the violations., including moving to eastern Roosevelt County without notification and failing to register as a sex offender and violent offender, and consuming alcohol and marijuana. He was arrested at a bus station.
Probation officer Roland Smathers testified from Butte via teleconference with recommendations that a previous Montana sentence that Debbs was on probation for be revoked in its entirety and that Debbs be sentenced to 7½ years with five years suspended.
Judge David Cybulski found Debbs in violation.
Debbs has been in Montana State Prison and in the Montana State Hospital. The Department of Health and Human Services had released him to the Department of Corrections.
Debbs told the court he was violently assaulted twice in Montana State Prison and he feared for his life if he were sent back there.
Cybulski said he would try to refer Debbs to the state hospital but he might end up back in prison.
He was convicted in Wyoming of first-degree sexual assault and indecent liberties with a minor. The female victim was seven years old at the time of the assault, according to the registry.
The registry also lists Debbs with a Butte address.

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California Man Sentenced On Drug And Firearms Charges

A California man who gave his last address as Williston, N.D., was sentenced on drug and firearms charges in 15th District Court Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Nicholas Marino, 25, has been in the Roosevelt County Jail, charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon and sale of dangerous drugs. He has been classified as a persistent felony offender.
Judge David Cybulski sentenced Marino to 20 years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with 15 years suspended and credit for 316 days served, a recommendation that he be sent to a boot camp, a $10,000 fine and fees. The DOC boot camp a 60-bed military format correctional facility for men located near Deer Lodge.
Marino is seeking transfer to a California institution, an issue the DOC might address.
He apologized for harm he might have brought to the community.
“I haven’t been the man my mother raised me to be,” Marino told the court. He said his crimes do not define him as a person. Acknowledging drug addiction, he said he is willing to work for his sobriety.

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Fire Burns 1,000 Acres North Of Fort Peck Reservoir

A wildfire burned about 1,000 acres in the Desert Coulee area near Willow Creek Road south of Glasgow, Thursday, Aug. 14.
Valley County Long Run Fire Chief Bob Hanson said his department responded at 9:30 p.m. with seven firefighters, three trucks and two tenders. They returned to their station at 4:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15.
The fire was contained several miles from Fort Peck Lake.
No structures were threatened.
Hanson said a lightning strike is believed to be the cause.

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Sentencing Completed In BNSF Truck Theft

The man who admitted stealing a Burlington Northern/Santa Fe truck in Poplar and leaving it in the Walmart parking lot in Williston, N.D., was sentenced in 15th District Court Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Kyle Lee Stevens, 36, of Tomball, Texas, withdrew not guilty pleas he had entered in May for felony theft and criminal mischief and pleaded guilty to the theft charge with the second charge dismissed under a plea agreement.
A trial had been scheduled for July 17.
Stevens admitted stealing the truck and trailer from BNSF in Poplar on Aug. 18, 2012, and leaving it at the Williston Walmart undamaged, except for a window Stevens broke when he entered the tractor and hotwired it.
Defense attorney Frank Piocos asked the court to impose sentence without a pre-sentence investigation.
Judge David Cybulski sentenced Stevens to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with two years suspended, credit for time served and a $5,000 fine and fees.
Stevens has several prior convictions and had been on parole in Missouri.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Aug. 21

(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday Aug. 18, 14 inmates were incarcerated, Valley County Detention Center was holding two females and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding three males to alleviate overcrowding. One female inmate bonded out.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail as of Monday, Aug. 18: Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; Michael Conant, 34, McCabe, partner/family member assault, felony criminal mischief, felony assault on a peace officer; Kyle Crush, 50, Bainville, assault with a weapon, intimidation, felony criminal endangerment, disorderly conduct; William Debbs, 43, Casper, Wyo., probation violation; Jesse Gottschalk, 22, Algonac, Mich., criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Gary Jones, 44, Mesa, Ariz., assault on a peace officer with injury; Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Nicholas Marino, 25, Williston, N.D., carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon, sale of dangerous drugs; Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of-county warrant; Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer; Kyle Stevens, 36, Tomball, Texas, felony theft; Amber Taylor, 29, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; and Cameron Watson, 19, Malta, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, marijuana; criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drugs paraphernalia.

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