A Wahpeton man was ordered this week to fulfill the terms of three concurrent deferred impositions of sentencing relating to a drug arrest in September 2018.

Christopher Jerome Adolf, 38, entered a guilty plea to one count of child endangerment in May 2019. It is a class C felony.

Adolf also entered a guilty plea to one count each of methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver and marijuana possession with intent to deliver. Both are class B felonies.

Finally, Adolf entered a guilty plea to two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The counts range from class A to class B misdemeanor level.

Judge Bradley Cruff ordered the deferral, in place for 36 months.

“Once the sentence is completed, the charges will come off his record,” Richland County Assistant State’s Attorney Casey Moen said.

The conditions of the deferral are:

• it will last from June 4, 2019 until June 4, 2022

• during that time, Adolf is on supervised probation

• a chemical dependency evaluation must be completed by July 5, 2019; a probation officer verifies the completion

• recommended treatment for all three felony charges must be completed by June 4, 2022

Adolf is scheduled to begin serving a 90-day sentence in the Richland County Jail on Friday, June 7. He has received credit for 30 days previously served.

Attorney Tyler Morrow represented Adolf. Moen represented the state of North Dakota.

“The state did ask for 18 months in custody,” Moen said. “The judge looked at Mr. Adolf’s record and gave a sentence of 120 days, with those additional 90 days in jail.”

Had Adolf been sentenced to 18 months, Moen continued, it would be served with the North Dakota Department of Corrections.

According to court documents, Adolf was to check in at the Richland County Jail on Tuesday, June 4. On furlough until June 7, Adolf will also be allowed treatment release. For the misdemeanor charges, Adolf was given credit for nine days previously served in jail.

“The defendant shall file with the court proof of completion of his chemical dependency evaluation obtained,” documents state. “(He) shall also follow through with any recommendations made and file proof of completion with the court. (He) shall make contact with probation within 24 hours.”

Any fine or fee Adolf would pay have been waived due to indigence, documents continue. An amount of $450 seized by the Southeast Multi-County Agency (SEMCA) drug task force was ordered to be forfeited to SEMCA.

Adolf was one of four individuals arrested on Sept. 14, 2018 at a Wahpeton residence. Narcotics with a street value of approximately $10,000 were located by SEMCA agents, Daily News reported. The substances were 6.7 ounces of methamphetamine and 4.4 ounces of marijuana, as well as marijuana wax and mushrooms.

The maximum penalty for a class B felony is 10 years imprisonment, a $20,000 fine, or both. The maximum penalty for a class C felony is five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both.

The maximum penalty for a class B misdemeanor is 30 days imprisonment, a $1,500 fine, or both. The maximum penalty for a class A misdemeanor is 360 days imprisonment, a $3,000 fine, or both.

On Jan. 14, 2019, Adolf entered a not guilty plea to all charges. He subsequently amended his pleas on May 2, 2019.


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