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McLeod County District Court
Herald Journal, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

Aug. 27

John Phillip Hughes, 39, Bloomington, entered a plea of guilty to one gross misdemeanor count of driving after cancellation after being deemed inimical to the public safety for an offense that occurred on or about January 10, 2021. The Court ordered the defendant to serve 40 days in the McLeod County Jail and pay a surcharge of $85.

Derek Shawn Merkl, 27, Wyoming, MN, entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of possession of a controlled substance for an offense that occurred on or about April 15, 2019. The Court stayed the imposition of sentence and placed the defendant on probation for a period of three years. The conditions of probation are that the defendant serve 20 days in the McLeod County Jail, serve 30 days of sentence to service work/community work service, complete a chemical dependency evaluation, follow the recommendations of the evaluation, have no use or possession of alcohol or non-prescription drugs, and pay a fine and surcharge of $385.

Clinton Ray Sillivent, 40, Hutchinson, entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of methamphetamine crimes involving children for an offense that occurred on or about February 26, 2020. The Court stayed the imposition of sentence and placed the defendant on probation for a period of three years. The conditions of probation are that the defendant serve 20 days in the McLeod County Jail, serve 15 days of sentence to service work/community work service, complete a chemical dependency evaluation, follow the recommendations of the evaluation, have no use or possession of alcohol or non-prescription drugs, and pay a surcharge of $85.

Jennifer Lynn Black, 58, Hutchinson, who previously appeared in District Court and entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of violation of a domestic abuse no contact order for an offense that occurred on or about December 11, 2020. The defendant appeared in District Court for sentencing. The Court stayed the imposition of sentence and placed the defendant on probation for a period of three years. The conditions of probation are that the defendant serve 45 days in the McLeod County Jail, serve 10 days of community work service, attend and complete psychiatric therapy and aftercare, have no use or possession of alcohol or non-prescription drugs, and pay a surcharge of $85.

Joshua Ryder Hughes, 25, of Long Prairie, who previously appeared in District Court and entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle for an offense that occurred on or about October 6, 2020. The defendant appeared in District Court for sentencing. The Court stayed the imposition of sentence and placed the defendant on probation for a period of three years. The conditions of probation are that the defendant serve 10 days in the McLeod County Jail, complete a psychological evaluation, follow the recommendations of the evaluation, and pay a fine and surcharge of $135.

Aug. 30 - Brittney Ann Ursell, 41, of St. Cloud, entered a plea of guilty to one misdemeanor count of giving a peace officer a false name and one misdemeanor count of driving after cancellation for an offense that occurred on or about February 7, 2021. The Court ordered the defendant to serve 90 days in the McLeod County Jail and pay a surcharge of $85.