Sentences for car theft, bail jumping, sex offense

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Journal Staff Report

Two women sentenced for car theft, one jumped bail

Laryssa Thompson, 32, of Moorhead, Minn., was sentenced on several charges in Ramsey County District Court.

On Oct. 27, 2015, a local gas station called for assistance as two women were in a argument over ownership of the car they were using. Officers of the DLPD responded to the scene, and after an investigation, discovered that the car was stolen from Fargo on Oct. 11.

Both women were arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, a C felony, namely Laryssa Thompson and Nicole Sanders, also from Moorhead.

Both women were also charged with Ingestion of a Controlled Substance (amphetamines), an A misdemeanor.  

Sanders plead guilty in Dec. 2015 and was sentenced to three years in the DOCR, all suspended for two years with supervised probation.  

Thompson failed to appear at the preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, 2015, and a new felony  charge of Bail Jumping was filed. Thompson was arrested on the warrant on May 10. She entered open pleas of guilty on all charges on May 31.

Judge Donovan Foughty sentenced Thompson to one year, to serve 90 days at the Law Enforcement Center, and the remaining time was suspended for three years with supervised probation. On the Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle charge, she was sentenced to one year in the DOCR, all suspended for three years.

Thompson was ordered to serve 30 days on the Ingestion case. Restitution in the amount of $2,089 was also ordered.

Failure to register as a sex offender leads to jail time for Devils Lake man

Jesse Steven Decoteau, 29, of Devils Lake, was sentenced on the charge of Failing to Register as an Offender Against Children, a C felony.  

On March 29, 2016, officers of the DLPD were called by the Turtle Mountain Sex Offender Registry, and alerted that Decoteau was living in Devils Lake, and had not registered.

Decoteau had a felony conviction for Terrorizing in 2011 related to an incident involving a child. Officers investigated and Decoteau admitted that he had been living at a residence in Pitcher Park for seven days.   

Foughty sentenced Decoteau to 3 years in the DOCR, to serve 90 days at the local LEC, and he will be on supervised probation for 2 years.