Judges issue Stays of Imposition for three county residents
Judges in Otter Tail County court, in late March, issued Stays of Imposition for three county residents who had been found guilty of felonies.
Under the Stays of Imposition, each person will have his or her felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor if the person stays law abiding during a five-year probationary period.
The three individuals are from Perham, Parkers Prairie and Pelican Rapids.
Ashley Ann Collins, 25, of Perham, had been found guilty to fifth degree felony drug possession. Her crime dates back to May 22, 2017.
She pled guilty on Jan. 5, was convicted on March 26 and the same day received the Stay of Imposition. This qualifies her for a reduction in the conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor is she remains law abiding for the probationary period.
Collins was ordered by the judge to take part in a chemical use assessment and follow all after-care recommendations.
Sheyenne Rae Ritter, 22, of Parkers Prairie, had been found guilty to a felony of terroristic threats and reckless behavior. This crime dates back to Aug. 6, 2017.
Ritter pled guilty on Nov. 22, 2017, and was convicted on March 19. That same day she received the Stay of Imposition. Her charge also will be reduced to a misdemeanor if she remains law abiding for five years.
The defendant was ordered to have no contact with victims and to take part in a complete chemical assessment.
William Donald Dayton, 55, of Pelican Rapids, had been found guilty to a felony charge of receiving stolen property. His crime dates back to July 8, 2017.
Dayton pled guilty on Feb. 5, and was convicted on March 19. That same day he received the Stay of Imposition, learning that his conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor after successful completion of his probationary period.
Restitution is part of the court order.
Stay of Adjudication for Perham resident
Noel Dennis Harrenstein, 55, of Perham, will have a felony charge of fifth degree drug possession stricken from his record if he remains law abiding under a five-year probationary period.
This is the same as being charged and awaiting trial. Once probation is over the case will be dismissed.
This case dates back to Aug. 25, 2017. The Stay of Adjudication was ordered by the judge on March 19.
Harrenstein was ordered by the judge to take part in a chemical use assessment and follow recommendations of evaluation.
Pelican man sentenced
Brian Torres, 23, of Pelican Rapids, was sentenced March 28 after a felony conviction of theft and transfer of movable property.
Local confinement is 90 days and time in the state prison at St. Cloud is stayed for 20 years, dependent on good behavior in future years.
The original crime dates back to May 1, 2016. He pled guilty on Jan. 5.
Torres will be under the direction of a probation agent and will be subject to a mental health evaluation.
Dent man sentenced
Robert Charles Bush, 52, of Dent, was sentenced March 19 after a felony conviction of predatory offender and violation of a registration requirement.
His sentence is 39 months in the state correctional facility in St. Cloud. He may qualify for early release, dependent on good behavior.
Legal issues for Bush date back to 2010. New predatory offender registration is required. He is subject to a lifetime of firearms ban.