Teen Sentenced for Burglary and Grand Theft in Sully and Hughes Counties

Prisoner in Custody


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre area teen has been sentenced for his guilty pleas to Grand Theft in Hughes County and Third Degree Burglary in Sully County. A charge of Petty Theft against 18-year-old Jacob Nolte was dismissed. Nolte was charged after break-ins and thefts were reported in both counties in November of last year.
Nolte’s attorney said in court Tuesday that his client has been in jail for about six months and that he believes that being locked up has made an impact on the teen.
Nolte apologized to the victims in the crimes and asked Judge John Brown for probation-saying he does not want to go to prison.
Hughes County States Attorney Kelly Marnette said that Nolte owes restitution in the Hughes County case and she expressed her opposition to Nolte’s request for a suspended imposition of sentence.
Sully County States Attorney Emily Sovell said that Nolte has a past of violating probation and requested penitentiary time and restitution.
When pronouncing Nolte’s punishment, Judge Brown told the teen that his behavior doesn’t merit a suspended imposition of sentence. Nolte was given two year prison sentences on each count to be served consecutively. The prison time will be suspended as long as Nolte follows various conditions while on probation. He must also serve 270 days in jail for the theft charge in Hughes County, and was given credit for time he has already been in jail since his arrest. Brown also reminded Nolte that he has “built quite a record” and said that it is his responsibility to be serious about the opportunity the court has given him.

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