Gettysburg, SD

Dates set for sentencing, preliminary hearing

A guilty plea was entered by Teddie C. Frederick, 18, of Hoven during court last week in Potter County.
Frederick appeared in front of Judge John Brown on May 29, where he pleaded guilty to DUI and one count of simple assault against a law enforcement officer.  The DUI is a Class One misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine of $2,000. The assault charge is a Class Six felony, with a maximum penalty of two years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $4,000.
It was alleged that on Feb. 11, Frederick was driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and after being stopped by law enforcement at Gettysburg, he did attempt to hit or kick the county sheriff. It was reported that his blood alcohol was .249. The legal limit is .08.
Judge Brown asked Frederick if he remembered the events happening, to which Frederick replied no. The same answer was given when asked if he recalled striking the sheriff. “Do you doubt it happened?” asked Judge Brown. “No,” said Frederick. At that point, his court appointed attorney, Sarah Larson, told the court that Frederick did view a tape which showed video evidence of the assault.
The judge found Frederick to be guilty, and set sentencing for July 9.
In other criminal court proceedings, Richard Seldal, 41, of Hoven made an initial appearance on complaints filed charging him with intentional damage to property, which stem from an incident on March 25 alleging that he used his vehicle to spin the tires, which flung rocks that hit a house, broke windows, and caused damage in excess of $1,000. The charges are a Class Four felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for each count. He was also charged with careless driving, exhibition driving, and no drivers license, with each charge being a Class Two misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Appearing with his attorney, Joan Powell, he entered a not guilty plea to the charges. A preliminary hearing is set for June 25.
–Molly McRoberts