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NY Mills man sentenced

A New York Mills man was sentenced Wednesday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of receiving stolen property.

Kelly John Newton, 35, of 50757 390th St., New York Mills, was sentenced by District Court Judge Peter Irvine to 21 months in prison, stayed on conditions including completion of a 75-day jail sentence and payment of $135 in court fines and fees plus $5,916.66 in restitution. He was also placed on probation for up to five years.

Per plea agreement, additional misdemeanor charges of careless driving and driving after license revocation in connection with the March 31 incident were dismissed, as was an unrelated felony theft charge (though he was required to pay restitution on the theft charge).

According to a complaint filed on July 9, while driving west on Highway 34 in Becker County on March 31, the vehicle the defendant was driving abruptly turned left into on-coming traffic and crashed into another vehicle.

During the ensuing investigation, officers learned that the vehicle, valued at an estimated $5,000, had been reported stolen on March 1. The person he claimed to have purchased the vehicle from said the alleged sale had never occurred.

The theft charge was in connection with a March 19 incident in Becker County, in which a computer, flat screen television, Gameboy, DVDs and compact discs valued at over $1,000 were taken from a Detroit Lakes residence.