District Court News

It was a short docket of criminal cases in Custer County District Court Thursday, Dec. 15, with two of the three cases being either continued or dismissed. The one case that was completed as scheduled was the sentencing of Jade T. Gracey, 34. Gracey was arraigned April 21, 2011, on a charge of felony driving under revocation, from a Feb. 4, 2011 incident. His license had previously been revoked for a period of 15 years, and Gracey was six years into that revocation period at the time of his arrest. Gracey reappeared in court Sept. 22, when he changed his plea from not guilty to no contest on the Class IV felony. His attorney, Jim Duncan, explained to Judge Karin Noakes that his client was only driving that night to help out an 87-year-old man who needed gas in his pickup, and it was a very cold night. "It is not an excuse, but it is an explanation," Duncan said. Duncan noted that alcohol was not involved, and that his client has had no other incidents with law enforcement during the six years he had been under revocation. Gracey was sentenced to 18 months probation. Also on the docket Dec. 15, was the case of Kandy M. Dunmire, whose case was dismissed, and Arthur D. Underwood, Jr., whose case was continued.