PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was sentenced to four years in prison for his guilty plea to Grand Theft, First Degree Attempted Intentional Damage to Property and Driving Under the Influence-1st Offense. 35-year-old Ryan Sholes was charged after authorities said he took a car from a Pierre business on June 8 and drove the vehicle into the door of a Blunt convenience store-which was closed at the time. Sholes told Judge John Brown that he has been dealing with alcohol and marijuana addiction for more than twenty years and that his actions have caused him to lose a lot. Judge Brown told Sholes that although Sholes recognizes he has issues, he endangered the public when he drove intoxicated and committed other crimes that day. Brown gave Sholes four years in prison for Grand Theft with credit for 102 days he has been jailed. A four year sentence for Attempted Intentional Damage to Property and a one year jail sentence for DUI will run at the same time as the Grand Theft sentence. In addition, Sholes must pay court costs, attorney fees, $1,000 restitution for an insurance deductible for the convenience store and $6,198.21 that is owed to an insurance company will be transferred to a civil judgment. Sholes must also pay $108.52 restitution for an uncharged bad check charge. Sholes will have his driving privileges revoked for one year after he is released from custody.
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