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Beltrami County Court Report for April 24

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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Michael Joseph Roy, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 21 and was sentenced April 11 for felony domestic abuse - violation of a no-contact order within 10 years of the first of two or more domestic abuse convictions.

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He received a stayed sentence on the following conditions: He must serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $160; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing and searches; undergo cognitive skill training; have no assaultive behavior; and have no contact with the victim. Successful completion of probation will result in conviction for a misdemeanor.

On April 17, 2009, he was convicted of domestic assault and the court issued a no-contact order naming the victim. At 3 a.m. Feb. 4, he violated the non-contact order. He had prior convictions for domestic assault in 2009 and 2010.

Christopher Lee Kingbird, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 8 and was sentenced April 11 for felony third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm.

He was sentenced to 21 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 118 days in jail with credit for 118 served; serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $1,158; pay restitution of $47.02; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; submit a DNA sample; and have no contact with victims.

At 1:30 a.m. July 7, Kingbird, along with two other men, was seen beating up a man and woman sitting on a Third Street Northwest bench. They punched and kicked the couple and knocked them to the ground. Kingbird left the scene and the two others fled when Bemidji Police officers responded. The man and woman were severely beaten. They were taken to North Country Regional Hospital where the man was placed in intensive care on a ventilator and the woman was admitted for treatment. Both had disfiguring injuries to their faces. He has a prior conviction for burglary.

Chris Allen Sours, 46, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 8 and was sentenced April 11 for felony domestic assault.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail; serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $660; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; submit a DNA sample; complete mental health assessment; undergo domestic abuse counseling and treatment; undergo cognitive skill training.

At 1:42 a.m. Jan. 18, a woman reported that Sours had assaulted her by punching her in the head and arm and destroying property in her home because she refused sexual activity with him. Sours has convictions for misdemeanor domestic violence in 1996, 1997 and 2001 in Michigan; domestic battery in 2001 in Florida; and felony second-degree child abuse in Michigan in 2006. The child died, and Sours was sentenced to four years in prison.

Delbert Louis DeMarce Jr., 18, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 11 for gross misdemeanor theft.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail; serve two years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,160; and have no contact with victims.

On Dec. 16, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report from a convenience store that DeMarce and another man had entered the storeroom and stolen 12 cartons of cigarettes valued at $682.

Curtis Jon Obregon, 49, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 8 and was sentenced April 11 for felony criminal vehicular operation.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for 30 days served; serve five years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $833; pay restitution; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; submit a DNA sample; and write a letter of apology.

At 12:04 a.m. May 23, 2010, Obregon drove through a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle. His driver's license had expired. The Minnesota Highway Patrol trooper who responded to the accident detected an odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Obregon, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .17 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where a urine test registered .16. The driver of the other car suffered a broken leg.

Daniel James Eason, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 11 and was sentenced April 15 for felony first-degree DWI within 10 years of three or more DWI convictions and misdemeanor domestic assault.

On the DWI conviction, he was sentenced to 42 months in prison stayed for seven years on the following conditions: He must serve 90 days in jail with credit for 80 days served; serve seven years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $185; complete DWI program; have no alcohol violations; not enter establishments where alcohol is sold or served; undergo random testing and searches; submit a DNA sample; and have no contact with victims.

On the domestic assault conviction, he must serve 90 days concurrent with the above sentence and pay fine and costs of $90.

At 5:22 a.m. Jan. 1, Beltrami County deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on the 5527 block of Division Street West. The suspect had left the scene. Deputies stopped Eason, who smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes and was unsteady on his feet. He tested at .23 in a preliminary breath test. He was on a no-drink order. He had prior DWI convictions in 2003, 2005 and March 2010.

Cisco Rolando Johnson, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty April 11 to felony domestic abuse - violation of a no-contact order. His sentencing is scheduled for May 23.

At 6 a.m. Feb. 27, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report from a woman that Johnson had violated the no-contact order she had against him. He had called from the Beltrami County Jail to say he would be released and was coming to stay with her. At the time, he was on supervised probation for possession of a pistol without a permit. He also has convictions for terroristic threats, third-degree DWI refusal to test, fifth-degree assault and domestic abuse - violation of a no-contact order.

Gerald Joseph Browneagle, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Sept. 21 and was sentenced April 11 for serious felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion. A second felony charge of failure to register as a sexual predator was dismissed.

He was sentenced to 102 months in prison with credit for 987 days served. He must pay fine and costs of $208 and submit a DNA sample.

On July 23, 2008, an 11-year-old girl reported that Browneagle had sexually assaulted her at her home during the third week in March. Investigators interviewed the child's mother July 28, 2008, and located Browneagle July 29, 2008, in North Dakota, where he was arrested on outstanding warrants from Hennepin and Anoka counties. He has prior convictions for first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1994 from Hennepin County; third-degree assault in 2004 from Hennepin County; and failure to register as a predatory offender from 2004 in Anoka County. He also did not register when he moved to Beltrami County in November 2007.

Harlan Gene Kingbird Sr., 58, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 11 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail; serve four years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $935; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At 9:13 p.m. Jan. 22, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Kingbird make a wide turn and almost run into a snowbank. The deputy checked the license plates and discovered the owner of the car had a revoked license. The deputy made a traffic stop. Kingbird had no driver's license. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Kingbird, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .08 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .18 on the Intoxilyzer. His driver's license had been cancelled in 2003 and never reinstated. At the time of his arrest he had eight prior DWI convictions in 1979, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1997, 1998 and 2003.

Clarence Leon Stately, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 11 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 10 days on work release with credit for two days served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $935; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At 8 p.m. Oct. 28, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Stately turn into the wrong lane and drive south in a northbound lane. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Stately, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .275 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .27 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid and he had no prior DWI convictions.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Isaac Garcia Yanez, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 14 and was sentenced April 18 for gross misdemeanor domestic assault. A second charge of gross misdemeanor interference with a 911 call was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 331 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 34 days in jail; serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,160; undergo domestic abuse counseling and treatment; not ship, transport, possess or receive firearms or ammunition; have no assaultive behavior; and have no contact with the victim.

At 1:50 p.m. Feb. 27, Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a domestic assault. A woman reported that Yanez said he was taking her child. She said that when she tried to call 911, he punched her, pushed her down and took her phone. An officer saw she had an abrasion on her knee and her lip was slightly swollen. Yanez said he had said he was taking the child because the woman was intoxicated. He denied assaulting her and said she had assaulted him. He had her phone and turned it over to police. Yanez was convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault on Jan. 20, 2008.

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