Gettysburg, SD

Man pleaded no contest in Potter County court

An amended complaint was entered against Richard Seldal during Potter County Court on Monday, dropping charges from a class four felony to class one misdemeanor.
Seldal, 41, of Hoven pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of intentional damage to property in the second degree. The plea was the result of an incident in March that alleged he used his vehicle to spin the tires, which flung rocks that caused damage to a house in excess of $400 but less than $1,000.
Judge John Brown found Seldal guilty. Before the sentence was handed down, Seldal’s attorney, Joan Powell, addressed the court saying he has been a very good client, was easy to work with, is supportive of his families, and has proven to be very responsible throughout the court proceedings. Although they believed it to be an unfounded charge, he is very busy as the owner and operator of a construction business, and current economic conditions and timing were not good for a trial and the hopes were to put this behind him.
Seldal told the court that he would “just like to get it resolved.”
Potter County State’s Attorney Craig Smith prosecuted the case.
The judge sentenced Seldal to 60 days jail, with all days suspended, 12 months unsupervised probation, a $500 fine and court costs, plus the $1,000 deductible that was not covered by insurance.
In other court happenings, a motions hearing for a court trial was scheduled for Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. in the case of Colby Siebrasse, who is charged with intentional damage to property regarding a gate. Emily Sovell is prosecuting the case.
–Molly McRoberts