John Jacob Walker, Minot, sentenced to 3 years for theft, burglary

John Jacob Elijah Walker, 25, Minot, was sentenced on Wednesday in district court in Ward County to six years in prison, with a requirement that he serve three years, followed by three years of supervised probation, for the Class B felony theft of a motorcycle from a northeast Minot garage on May 21. The motorcycle was discovered the next day in an apartment parking lot, covered with a tarp. He will receive credit for 145 days already served in the Ward County Jail, plus 20 days off his sentence for good behavior. He received a concurrent sentence of three years in prison, with credit for 145 days served and 20 days off his sentence for good behavior, for Class C felony burglary for breaking into the garage.

He also received a concurrent sentence of 180 days, with credit for time served, in another case for Class A reckless endangerment. On June 8, Walker went to a northeast Minot apartment and started kicking the door while one of the residents was holding the door closed and another resident was calling 911. Walker then left, went to an alleyway on the west side of the residence and shot a pellet gun up to four times at the residence. One of the pellets went through a screen window and bounced off a wall on the inside of a bedroom in the apartment. A woman told police she had been sitting on her bed near the window and heard the pellets as they went by her head. Walker then drove away and was later located and detained. He knew the victims and there had been conflict between them.

The state agreed to dismiss a Class C felony terrorizing charge in another case. Walker had been accused of threatening a woman with a toy gun that looked like the real thing on April 17. Mountrail County State’s Attorney Wade Enget, who was appointed as a special prosecutor in the cases involving Walker, told Judge Richard Hagar on Wednesday that the victim of the alleged terrorizing incident told his office that she wanted to drop the charge and didn’t want Walker to get in trouble.

Walker was charged with Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest, Class B misdemeanor refusing to halt, and Class B misdemeanor refusing to halt on Sept. 12 in district court in Morton County while the other charges were still pending in Ward County. According to a probable cause affidavit in that case, Walker had been a resident at the drug and alcohol residential based treatment facility Adult and Teen Challenge in Mandan. Walker allegedly threatened a staff member there that “bad things would happen” if the staff member did not tell Walker information about another resident. Walker had his fists balled up when he made the threat, according to the affidavit. An Adult and Teen Challenge supervisor wanted Walker removed because he had allegedly threatened staff and Walker walked away and then physically resisted when police placed him under arrest. That case is still pending in district court in Morton County.

Walker told Judge Hagar during his hearing on the Ward County matters that he is currently taking “anti-psychotic mood stabilizers” but they did not impact his ability to understand the court proceedings. His memory of the burglary and theft in May appeared to be hazy. “I was on some serious narcotics and woke up in jail,” Walker told the judge. “I also may have been working with someone else.” Walker said he wanted to apologize to the theft and burglary victim and “wants him to feel safe in his own home and not feel victimized by my actions.” Hagar issued a no contact order with the victim but said Walker can write a letter of apology and give it to his lawyer, who will then decide whether to give it to the victim in the case.


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