Men indicted on felony drug charges appear in court
A grand jury indictment was handed down last week involving two men arrested near Gettysburg on April 2.
John Dethlefs, 45, and Wayne Fast Wolf, 44, both of Rapid City, face multiple charges including several felony drug related charges.
The two men appeared in Potter County court on Monday before Judge John Brown. Fast Wolf, who has been held in jail on a $10,000 cash bond, could face up to 14 years in the state penitentiary for the charges, while Dethlefs is facing a maximum of nine years. Dethlefs, who was transported from the scene of the arrest by ambulance, was released on a PR bond.
The indictment charged both men with possession of meth, which is a Class 5 felony carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine; possession of a Schedule 4 substance which is a Class 6 felony with a penalty of two years in the pen and a $4,000 fine; possession of drub paraphernalia which is a Class 2 misdemeanor with 30 days in county jail and a $500 fine; and delivery of paraphernalia, a Class 6 felony. Fast Wolf faces a Class 5 felony charge for ingestion of meth, and Dethlefs faces additional misdemeanor charges for reckless driving, speeding, and eluding an officer. Attorney Brad Schreiber appeared with his client, Fast Wolf, and a plea of not guilty was entered on the indictment. Schreiber said that his client has the potential opportunity for work in Eagle Butte and would abide by the rules and appear in court if his bond was changed.
Dethlefs told the court he planned to hire an attorney and was just recently told about the warrant for his arrest. He said he is a caregiver for his aging father and had never missed a court appearance.
Potter County State’s Attorney Craig Smith asked the judge for 30 days to file an habitual, which was granted, and requested that the $10,000 cash bond be continued. Smith said that Fast Wolf is wanted on a bench warrant in Pennington County for similar charges and has two prior felonies with another pending.
Smith also asked that a dollar amount be set for Dethlefs rather than a personal recognizance bond.
Dethlefs again said that he has never missed court in the past and that he will appear.
The judge did modify the bond to $2,500 bond or surety for Dethlefs and $10,000 bond or surety for Fast Horse. A status hearing was set for May 19.
In other court activity:
• Derrill Charger made an initial appearance on a DUI charge, and was appointed Joan Powell as his attorney.
• Russell Bauer appeared with his attorney, Joan Powell, and entered a not guilty plea on marijuana related charges. A status hearing was set for the next court date.
• Casey Thomas, represented by attorney Joan Powell, entered in a plea agreement for a charge of disorderly conduct, which is a Class 2 misdemeanor. He offered an apology to the court and Officer Nick Bratland, and said he learned a lesson described by the judge as, “discretion is the better part of valor.” In exchanged for the guilty plea he was sentenced to five days in jail with one day credit given for time served and the remaining time suspended, in addition to a $100 fine plus court costs and fees, with six months unsupervised probation, and a recommendation from the judge to “monitor his behavior.”
The next court date in Potter County is set for Monday, May 19.