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Five sentenced on drug charges

Jason Ferguson
Published: Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Five Custer County men were sentenced to a total of 54 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary on a variety of drug-related charges during Seventh Judicial Circuit Court last Thursday morning at the Custer County Courthouse.
William Utecht, 25, was sentenced to two years for a probation violation after being convicted of Felony Possession of Marijuana, along with another five years after pleading guilty to a charge of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance: Methamphetamine. 
Also included in Utecht’s rap sheet were Misdemeanor Possession Marijuana (2008); DUI (2009); DUI 2nd (2010); and Failure to Report Accident (2009).
At the sentencing, Custer County States Attorney Tracy Kelley said her office had been dealing with Utecht in one way or another for years, and that he was a poor probation candidate.
“He either doesn’t get it, or worse yet, doesn’t care,” she said. “He has burned his bridges and earned the right to go to the state pen.”

Five Custer County men were sentenced to a total of 54 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary on a variety of drug-related charges during Seventh Judicial Circuit Court last Thursday morning at the Custer County Courthouse.

William Utecht, 25, was sentenced to two years for a probation violation after being convicted of Felony Possession of Marijuana, along with another five years after pleading guilty to a charge of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance: Methamphetamine. 

Also included in Utecht’s rap sheet were Misdemeanor Possession Marijuana (2008); DUI (2009); DUI 2nd (2010); and Failure to Report Accident (2009).

At the sentencing, Custer County States Attorney Tracy Kelley said her office had been dealing with Utecht in one way or another for years, and that he was a poor probation candidate.

“He either doesn’t get it, or worse yet, doesn’t care,” she said. “He has burned his bridges and earned the right to go to the state pen.”

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Patrick James
December 16th, 2010 at 05:49am

Yes Tracy instead of helping addicts
beat their addictions lets put them in
Prison instead of treatment. We wouldn't want non violent drug offenders
in treatment so that violent offenders would have to serve there whole terms, right?

Custer
December 21st, 2010 at 08:58am

Patrick do you work for a treatment center if not i suggest you get a job there some times. You can only help ppl so much, if they dont want help dont care then prison is the way to go. no i say send them to in island where when it is low tide there is land and high tide not land at all. Cheaper to burry them then to house them.

Sensible
January 2nd, 2011 at 09:08am

Patrick,
You obviously don't know the individuals that got sent to the state pen in this case... They all had recieved numerous chances through treatment etc. to make the right choices. Also, many of them were responsible for others addiction, not their own... For your lack of common sense that means they were drug dealers, not just users.

unknown
January 9th, 2011 at 17:34pm

I like to say that I knew Will and although he did have a problem I also believe that part of the situation was about the money... really! It is good, easy money and why would someone work their butt off to make seven an hour when you can make so much more? Its just like Cigarette companies, we all know it's bad for us and yet we go back for more. that's how they make their money.

Law Abiding
January 11th, 2011 at 11:41am

These boys were not just using and dealing drugs - meth, MJ, pills - (although that is enough to put them in prison), they were also involved in many of the thefts, burglaries, and other crimes which they committed to feed their habits. All on the backs of other innocent citizens of Custer County. Good riddance. They owe a debt to the rest of us, and they are now paying it back where they belong, in prison.

Peter Bierwirth
January 13th, 2011 at 15:27pm

Interesting how Mr. James was the only individual to comment using his birth rate name ... while the others hide behind their keyboards!

anna
January 22nd, 2012 at 16:09pm

Will i got u and i always will. A big FU to the ppl who run their mouths about things they know nothing about n ppl they know nothing about other than a short article from the Custer paper! miss u and much love. xoxo

james
December 29th, 2012 at 15:39pm

William Utecht could have killed multiple people with 2 DUI's. That alone gets him prison. Do owe need to put shock collars on stupid criminals that return to the same path again and again. Thank you South Dakota for keeping my family safe.

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