Stout sentenced for role in drug case
– Katie Zerr –
A Mobridge man has been sentenced to serve more than 12 years in prison for his part in a case that netted eight arrests on drug related charges.
Tim Stout, 37, was sentenced by Judge Charles Kornman to serve 151 months in the state penitentiary and three years of supervised probation after his release on charges of distribution of methamphetamine. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.
Stout’s arrest is a result of an investigation that started with a reported assault in Mobridge (see Scott Waltman’s story on this page) in December. The investigation revealed a number of kidnappings, assaults and aggravated assaults as well as drug distribution charges for area residents.
According to the Aberdeen American News, Stout associated with those who committed the kidnappings and assaults, but did not participate in those events. He did however, work for two of the men responsible for the trail of crimes that led to his arrest.
According to the American News story, Stout was given between 40 and 50 grams of methamphetamine to sell on Standing Rock, but used the drugs himself.
Kornmann refused to consider a lighter sentence due to Stout’s criminal and drug history.
Stout faced a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and up to a fine of $1 million dollars for the methamphetamine charge.
The case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Residents plead guilty to kidnapping, drugs
Two people have pleaded guilty to crimes in a Mobridge-area case that involves federal charges of drug distribution, kidnapping and assault.
Neither Anthony Brown Otter nor Amber Long Chase has been sentenced. Brown Otter, 24, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a firearm during a crime of violence or drug trafficking.
Long Chase, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. She was never charged in connection with the alleged kidnappings and assaults.
The counts stem from incidents late last year, and six other people have also been charged in the case.
According to court documents, sometime between Dec. 23 and 25 large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine and several thousand dollars were stolen from a trailer house in Mobridge in which Jose “Ivan” M. Garcia lived. Also, according to court documents, on Dec. 27 Garcia, Brown Otter, Marco Uribe, Andrew Kills Crow and Nathan Martin picked up four people, took them to a remote area, interrogated them and assaulted them in an attempt to learn who had stolen the money and drugs. According to court documents, the assaults involved hitting and kicking the victims, brandishing handguns and putting the barrels of two guns into the mouth of one of the victims.
The victims had been at a Dec. 23 party at Garcia’s trailer during which cocaine had been used, according to paperwork in the case. Details of the alleged kidnappings and assaults are laid out in the factual basis filed in Brown Otter’s case. Here is what authorities believe happened, according to those documents:
• The morning of Dec. 27, Kills Crow knocked on a window of the Wakpala home of one of the victims and told the victim, “Let’s go for a ride and talk.” The victim got into a car with Garcia and Kills Crow.
As they drove away, vehicles pulled in front and behind them. Uribe and a male companion who was living with Garcia were in the front vehicle. Martin and Brown Otter were in the rear vehicle.
• All three vehicles drove to the Wakpala Powwow Grounds where Uribe got out of the front car, opened the trunk, pulled out two guns and handed one to the male companion. The male struck the victim in the head with a handgun, and he and Uribe started kicking the victim and interrogated him about the missing drugs and money. When they were convinced that the victim was not responsible for the break in, they forced him to help them find others who were at the party. They also told the victim that if he tried to run or call the police, they would shoot up his house.
• The three vehicles then tracked down a second party-goer in Mobridge. They drove him to a nearby hill where Brown Otter struck the man. Brown Otter and the male companion kicked the man, then interrogated him about the missing drugs and money, compelling him to assist the group in finding others they thought might be responsible for the break in.
• About 2 p.m., the group picked up a third party-goer in Mobridge and a fourth in Wakpala because they thought the two men might have been involved in the break in. They drove to the Wakpala Powwow Grounds where Uribe handed Brown Otter a handgun. Brown Otter and the male companion beat the men to the ground with their fists, then kicked them.
• The four victims were then escorted to a creek where they were told to sit. The male companion and Uribe then pointed their handguns at the heads of the four men. The male and Uribe both stuck their guns in the mouth of one of the victims. The four men were then again interrogated about the drugs and money and threatened with being shot if they did not tell the group where the drugs and handguns were. The victims were told that if they called police, the group would return with more men and more guns. Uribe and the male companion cocked their handguns several times.
• Once satisfied that the four victims didn’t know where the drugs were, Uribe, Martin, Garcia, Kills Crow, Brown Otter and the male companion left the victims at the scene of the interrogation. While Garcia, Kills Crow and Martin were present, they didn’t participate in the assault.
Various charges filed
There are also drug-related charges against some of the people in the case, stemming from an alleged conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine between Oct. 1 and Dec. 28, according to paperwork filed in the case.
The charges against the various people involved in the incidents include:
Kills Crow, who was 20 at the time of his initial appearance in March: conspiracy to distribute cocaine, a felony punishable by as much as 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine; four counts of aiding and abetting kidnapping, a felony punishable by as much as life in prison and a $250,000 fine and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony punishable by as much as 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Uribe, who was 25 at the time of his initial appearance in April: conspiracy to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, a felony punishable by as much as 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine; four counts of aiding and abetting kidnapping; four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a firearm during a crime of violence or drug trafficking, a felony punishable by as much as life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Martin, 30: conspiracy to distribute cocaine, four counts of aiding and abetting kidnapping, four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
Tim Stout, 37: conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Dustin Swimmer, 26: conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
In exchange for Long Chase’s guilty plea, a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine was dismissed. In exchange for Brown Otter’s guilty pleas, several related charges were dismissed. Both are scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3, according to court documents.
Court records don’t reveal more information about either Garcia nor the unidentified male aside from showing Garcia is accused of charges including conspiracy to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, four counts of aiding and abetting kidnapping, five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, use of a firearm during a crime of violence or drug trafficking.