Former Onida Resident Pleads and is Sentenced for Crimes in Sully, Hughes and Stanley Counties

Travis Long Fox Leaving Onida Courtroom December 16, 2013 (KGFX Photo)


UNDATED – (DRG News) A former Onida man was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison for crimes committed in a three county area.

21-year-old Travis Long Fox pleaded guilty Monday to Grand Theft for stealing a vehicle in Sully County 2010 and to Third Degree Burglary for a break-in that occurred at the Sully County Courthouse in July.  County officials said that Long Fox confessed to the Division of Criminal Investigation that he had a pre-meditated plan to break into the courthouse.  They say he used gloves and a crowbar and entered the building when it was closed-intending to steal items taken into evidence by the local sheriff’s office.

Long Fox’s attorney Al Arendt said his client had promise when he graduated high school and had squandered it.  He said most of Long Fox’s crimes had been committed while Long Fox was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Long Fox told Judge John Brown before his sentence was pronounced that his criminal record is not a resume he’d like to keep and that he was putting himself at the mercy of the court.

Sully County States Attorney Emily Sovell said that she had given Long Fox a break when he stole the vehicle and wrecked it in 2010.  Long Fox received a deferred prosecution for that incident but the state Supreme Court overturned the sentence which resulted in the case being back in court Monday.  Although she said she has rarely recommended a maximum sentence, Sovell said Long Fox has “had break, after break, after break”.  She said that Long Fox’s actions this summer at the courthouse had shut down county offices for a number of days.

Judge Brown said that he is familiar with Long Fox and that Monday was the first day that Long Fox had expressed much remorse for his actions.  For the theft of the vehicle in 2010, Brown sentenced Long Fox to two years in prison, gave him credit for 111 days he served in jail and ordered over $15,800 in restitution, court costs and court appointed attorney fees.  For the courthouse burglary this year, Long Fox was given five years in prison to be served consecutively to the Grand Theft sentence.  He also must pay $1,652.95 to reimburse the county for repair of a door at the courthouse that was broken during the July burglary.

On Tuesday, Long Fox was sentenced in a Pierre courtroom for charges from Hughes and Stanley Counties.  For Ingesting a Controlled Substance in Hughes County, Long Fox received a five year sentence and was ordered to pay court costs and other fees.  That sentence is to be served consecutively to the seven years he received in Sully County and concurrent to a five year Stanley County sentence for Felony Intentional Damage to Property.

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