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By Sandy Schroth

Sentences announced in Holt County Court


December 12, 2019

The Honorable Kale Burdick handed several sentences in the Holt County courtroom last Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Tate Shoemaker, 19, of O’Neill was sentenced to three months of probation for conviction of a Class 3 misdemeanor count of criminal mischief, less than $500. after he admitted to blowing up the mailbox of an O’Neill law enforcement officer in July. As part of the probation order, Burdick ordered Shoemaker to perform 80 hours of community service, pay restitution in the amount of $49.62 to Rachel Kohlman, probation fees of $120 and $62 costs of prosecution. Shoemaker was arrested on a warrant Oct. 21, following an investigation by O’Neill police officers and posted $3,000, 10% cash bond the same day. He waived his right to counsel and pleaded guilty when he faced Burdick the following day.

Melissa A. Fletcher, 27, of Elgin was fined $200 and ordered to pay $50 costs of prosecution for her conviction of public indecency, a Class 2 misdemeanor committed Sept. 9 near the rodeo grounds in O’Neill. As part of a plea deal with Holt County attorney Brent Kelly, a second count, possession of marijuana, one ounce or less, was dismissed. According to the complaint filed by Kelly Sept. 16, Fletcher engaged in a sexual act in a public place.

Nikkita L. Everett, 24, of Inman was handed a six-month probation sentence for her conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol, first offense, a Class W misdemeanor committed Oct. 26 in O’Neill. She was also ordered to pay a $500 fine, 60-day revocation of her driver’s license, probation fees totaling $210 and $105 costs. The charge was reduced from DUI, +.15, pursuant to terms of a plea agreement. In addition, Kelly dismissed three counts, improper vehicle lighting and two counts of possession of open alcohol containers.

David N. Mayaka, 25, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was fined $50 for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was cited for the infraction Aug. 24, along with a speeding citation. Mayaka pleaded guilty by waiver to both counts Oct. 11 and paid fines and costs totaling $224. He was later allowed to withdraw the guilty plea to the paraphernalia charge, entered a plea of no contest and was adjudged guilty by Burdick.

Shawn A. Buxton, 20, of O’Neill was fined $20 and $49 costs for a city code violation, dog running at large.


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