Minot woman sentenced to time served on bail jumping charge

A 25-year-old Minot woman facing a felony embezzlement charge was sentenced to time served and probation for an unrelated bail jumping charge on Wednesday.

Doddi Ruth Erickson pleaded guilty to the Class C felony bail jumping charge on Wednesday in district court in Minot.

A prosecutor asked Judge Richard Hagar to sentence Erickson to three years in prison with a requirement that she serve a year and a day followed by probation. He pointed out that Erickson has an extensive criminal record with convictions for child neglect, theft, possession of a controlled substance in a jail, and bail jumping. She is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 30 on a Class B felony charge that she stole more than $45,753.45 from her father’s business, John’s Autobody, between 2014 and 2015, according to court records.

“I don’t know why the state is asking for so much time,” said Erickson’s defense attorney, David Spencer, in district court on Wednesday. “I believe that’s very draconian in nature.”

Spencer said Erickson should be sentenced to the 106 days she has already served.

Erickson told the judge she is sorry for the past and wants to live a better life.

Hagar sentenced Erickson on Wednesday to a year and a day in jail, with a requirement that she first serve the 106 days she has already served, and two years of supervised probation. Erickson must also pay $1,100 in fines.

– Andrea Johnson