Wolf Point Herald

Second California Man Sentenced In Eastern Roosevelt County Drug Case

The second California man who was charged in an eastern Roosevelt County drug case was sentenced to prison in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Judge David Cybulski sentenced Adam Lucatero Alonzo, 31, of Williston, N.D. and San Bernadino, Calif., to 10 years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended, a $30,000 fine with credit for 220 days served in the Roosevelt County Jail at $50 per day.
Alonzo withdrew a not guilty plea and pleaded guilty in 15th District Court to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, Wednesday, Aug. 26, after signing a plea agreement.
Before Cybulski imposed sentence, probation officer Trevor Newman testified that he was recommending that the sentence follow the plea agreement with a 10-year sentence to the Montana State Prison with five years suspended. The DOC sentence rather than the Montana State Prison allows for Alonzo to be sent to a state boot camp, substance abuse programs or mental health facilities.
At the time he pleaded guilty, Alonzo testified that he had methamphetamine, syringes, small plastic bags, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, digital scale, 10 cell phones and $991 in cash and paraphernalia in his possession.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alonzo and Hilario Velasquez, 34, of Williston, N.D., and Riverside, Calif., Sept. 25, 2013, following a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 2 eastbound, between Bainville and Culbertson. Alonzo was driving.
A jury convicted Velasquez, of two drug charges in 15th District Court, Friday, Aug. 1.
Cybulski sentenced Velasquez to 10-years commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended and a $30,000 fine, Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Velasquez has been admitted to the DOC-operated Treasure State Correctional Training Center, a 90- to 120-day military style boot camp program located near Deer Lodge, and is eligible for a 90- to 120-day aftercare program in a secure facility in Great Falls.
Both programs might be available to Alonzo.

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Second Person Accused In Culbertson Drugs By Deception Case Pleads Guilty

The second person accused in the drugs by deception case that occurred at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson in June has pleaded guilty.
Shelby Rider, 22, Algonac, Mich. and currently living in North Dakota, withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 12.
In exchange for her guilty plea, a plea agreement includes that the Roosevelt County Attorney has agreed to move for dismissal of the other charge against Rider; fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs, also a felony.
Rider and Jesse Allan Gottschalk, 22, of Algonac, Mich., and North Dakota, have now both admitted in court to allegations that they together attempted to obtain drugs from Roosevelt Medical Center on June 25 by making false claims.
Both entered ‘not guilty’ pleas to felony possession of dangerous drugs and attempting to fraudulently obtain dangerous drugs Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Gottschalk withdrew his not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty in late September. He has not been sentenced yet.
Each have been free on $20,000 bond since August and both have signed waivers of extradition.
Rider’s plea agreement includes a sentencing recommendation for a five-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections; however, she is eligible for a deferred imposition of sentence.

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Several Appear In District Court Nov. 12

Several people appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Faith Boysun
Faith Boysun of Culbertson appeared on a petition to revoke probation.
She is currently not in jail.
Boysun denied allegations against her on the advice of her attorney and will appear for a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Kyle Fuchs
Kyle R. Fuchs, 32, of Culbertson was denied a reduction in bail.
Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen opposed the reduction in bail, citing eight previous bail jumping charges.
Fuchs has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since Sept. 28.
Christopher Jackson
Christopher Wayne Jackson was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections suspended and concurrent with a sentence imposed in Richland County.
Jackson has a plea agreement on a drug offense. He has been free on bond.
Jennifer Johnshoy
Jennifer Lea Johnshoy, 29, of Crookston, Minn. and Williston, N.D., was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested in Wolf Point Saturday, Nov. 1.
A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12.
Cybulski set bond at $10,000. Johnshoy is required to sign a waiver of extradition, so she can return to work in North Dakota.
Alexander Jiron
Alexander Phillip Jiron, 33, of Rapid City, S.D., and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence - second offense, criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer, driving while driving privilege is suspended or revoked, speeding on a non-interstate highway, driving without insurance, expired motor vehicle registration and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12.
Cybulski set bond at $10,000. Jiron is required to sign a waiver of extradition, so he can return to work in North Dakota.
Robert Lindquist
Robert James Lindquist, 41, of Chattoroy, Wash., was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.
Lindquist was arrested Nov. 1.
A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12,.
Derek Reed
Derek Foster Reed, 32, of Seattle, Wash., appeared on a petition to revoke probation.
He entered a blanket denial of several alleged violations and will reappear in court Wednesday, Dec. 10. He is lodged in the
Roosevelt County Jail.
Kelly Severson
Kelly Marie Severson, 47, of Saco entered not guilty pleas to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12.
Scott Varner
Scott Austin Varner, 22, of Crawfordville, Fla., was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.
He was arrested Oct. 13.
A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12.

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First Presbyterian To Host Town Thanksgiving Service

The annual Wolf Point Ministerial Association community-wide Thanksgiving service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Wolf Point Sunday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m.
The church will host a coffee hour at 4 p.m. in honor of First Presbyterian’s centennial celebration.

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Sepanski Sentencing Continued In Attempt To Retrieve Stolen Jewelry

A Wolf Point couple made emotional pleas in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Nov. 12, for a man facing sentencing for stealing from their home to return a wedding ring and other irreplaceable jewelry.
First Cynthia Berglee and then her husband Milton Berglee appealed during testimonies for Jeremy Thomas Sepanski to reveal the locations of their heirlooms.
Judge David Cybulski continued the sentencing hearing until Wednesday, Dec. 10, in an attempt to get the Berglee’s jewelry returned to them.
Sepanski, 30, of Plentywood testified that he was 95 percent sure he could get the jewelry back.
Milton Berglee testified that Sepanski had been a friend of his son and that he and his wife had treated him like family.
“Even my worst enemies don’t steal my wedding ring on me. Even my enemies aren’t that bad,” Berglee said. “We want our stuff back.”
Sepanski testified that he takes full responsibility for his actions. He asked Cybulski to issue a suspended sentence so he could resume his life. Sepanski said he wants to return to working in the oilfields, and if he is allowed to, he could make larger restitution payments.
He owes for restitution to at least two banks for forged, stolen checks he is alleged to have cashed.
Sepanski has another case against him in Plentywood.
“There is a pending matter in Sheridan County, where I believe the stuff is,” defense attorney J.B. Wheatcroft of Miles City said.
Cybulski continued the sentencing hearing until Wednesday, Dec. 10, while law enforcement in Sheridan County attempt to retrieve the stolen jewelry.
“These folks really want their stuff back,” Cybulski said.
He told Sepanski that if the jewelry is recovered, it could be a good thing for him.
Sepanski withdrew not guilty pleas he had entered earlier this year and pleaded guilty to forgery, burglary and forgery by common scheme during a hearing in August.
Sepanski is accused of illegally entering the Berg-lee’s house in Wolf Point when no one was home Jan. 20, stealing checks and jewelry, and attempting to cash the checks in a store in Froid.

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