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Sentences handed out during District Court hearings

Sidney Herald of Sidney, Montana

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Three individuals were recently sentenced in District Court.

Paula Alexandria Klompien has been sentenced in District Court for criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was originally charged on Sept. 16, 2014, for the charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. As part of a plea agreement, Klompien entered a plea of guilty for criminal possession of drug paraphernalia on June 10. The State moved to dismiss the count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs — methamphetamine.

District Judge Katherine Bidegaray gave Klompien a three-month deferred sentence.

Reasons provided by Bidegaray included: there were no prior felonies on record, the minimum sentence requirement is to abide by all laws, the State moved to dismiss Count I for the reason it did not obtain State Crime Lab results to confirm methamphetamine as residue on the straw and any other items located in the car suggesting drug use were not charged out as crimes in the charging documents. The case was filed on Monday.

Travis Edward Cady was sentenced for the crimes of negligent endangerment and habitual traffic offender operating a motor vehicle.

For negligent endangerment, a misdemeanor, Cady was sentenced to the county jail for one year, with all of the term suspended. He was fined $500.

For the charge of habitual traffic offender operating a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, he was sentenced to the county jail for one year, with all of the time suspended. The two sentences will run consecutively

Other conditions included he must complete Cognitive Principles and Restructuring through the District II Alcohol and Drug program and attend 20 hours of an anger management program. He must also complete 15 hours of community service.

Ray Clinton Burgess was sentenced for driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a fourth or subsequent offense; driving while license is suspended or revoked; operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance; and unlawful possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle on highway.

For DUI, fourth or more offense, Burgess was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for placement in a residential alcohol treatment program for a term of 13 months. If he completes the program in less than 13 months, any remainder will be served on probation. He was also committed to the Department of Corrections for four years, with all four years suspended. The sentences should run consecutively. He was fined $1,000.

For driving with a suspended license, Burgess was sentenced for six months, all suspended by two days. He was fined $500.

For operating a vehicle without liability insurance, he was sentenced for 10 days, all suspended, and fined $250. For unlawful possession of an open alcoholic beverage on a highway, he was fined $50.

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Original Publication Date: July 26, 2015

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