Local man sentenced for felony offense

A Middle River man was sentenced Monday, Nov. 13 in Pennington County District Court for a felony charge of fifth degree controlled substance crime.

A misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation and a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed against Skyler Alden Skadsem, 23.

For the felony charge, Skadsem was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison stayed for five years. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. Skadsem was ordered to supply a DNA sample. He was ordered to not use or possess firearms or dangerous weapons. Skadsem was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. He was ordered to complete all programming as recommended by probation, including cognitive behavioral programming. This includes cooperation with mental health programming and medication management. Skadsem was also ordered to pay $310 in fees and fines.

The charges stemmed from a traffic stop April 10 at about 11:28 p.m., according to the complaint. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper was eastbound on Third Street, when he saw a vehicle with a white light hanging over its rear license plate. He also learned that the license plate registration was expired.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the trooper smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Skadsem and an unidentified female were inside the vehicle. Skadsem said he didn’t have a driver’s license and was test driving the vehicle, according to the complaint. Skadsem’s driver’s license was revoked.

Inside the vehicle, the trooper found marijuana residue; a grinder; a pipe; a box containing a glass spoon and a black box with three baggies. The baggies tested positive for methamphetamine.

A small rubber storage container was inside the box. It contained a cotton ball and white crystal, which tested positive for meth. The woman informed the trooper that she was walking, when Skadsem picked her up. She said he was driving her home at the time of the traffic stop.

The complaint indicated that Skadsem had been previously convicted of a controlled substance crime in Pennington County in August 2014.



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