Woman sentenced to probation, time served, in theft case

A 43-year-old Minot woman was sentenced to probation and time served Wednesday for using someone else’s debit card to make unauthorized purchases at local stores in November 2015.

Kelli Jo Nelson pleaded guilt to theft of property, a Class C felony and bail jumping, a Class C felony, in district court in Minot. On each charge, Judge Richard Hagar sentenced her to one year in jail, with all time suspended except for the 34 days she has already served, and two years of supervised probation. Nelson must also pay restitution and court costs. The sentences will be served concurrently. Nelson also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor, and was given a deferred imposition of sentence for 360 days of supervised probation. She must also pay court costs in that case. The sentence in that case will also be served concurrently. Hagar ordered that she be released immediately.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court in the theft case, the owner of the card had lost it in the parking lot of Home Depot sometime in November 2015. Nelson then charged $440 to the card at eight different stores around Minot. She possessed a controlled substance when she was searched sometime in March. She was a passenger in a car that was stopped. She also missed a court appearance in April 2017.

– Andrea Johnson