THIEF RIVER FALLS (trfnews.i234.me) A Thief River Falls woman was sentenced Monday, Sept. 21 in Pennington County District Court for separate felony offenses.
Danielle Marie Weckwerth, 23, Thief River Falls, was sentenced for felony financial transaction card fraud in one of the cases. In that case, misdemeanor charges of theft and trespassing were dismissed.
For the financial transaction card charge, Weckwerth was granted a five-year stay of imposition. As a condition of that sentence, she was ordered to serve 90 days in jail with credit for 46 days served. That sentence is to be served concurrently with another case.
Weckwerth was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. She was ordered to complete a chemical assessment within 30 days. Weckwerth was ordered to cooperate with a psychological evaluation and to follow all recommendations, including individual counseling and medication management as deemed necessary. She was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives. Weckwerth was ordered to supply a DNA sample. She was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines and to pay restitution.
Those charges stemmed from an Aug. 7 report of trespassing at Walmart, according to the complaint. Weckwerth was present at the store even though she was ordered not to trespass there. She had been cited for trespassing and theft there 12 days earlier. In this instance, an employee reported that Weckwerth had placed numerous items in her shirt in an attempt to steal the items and had removed an anti-theft device from a piece of merchandise.
Outside the store, police stopped Weckwerth and Ethan Alexander Johnson, who were together. The complaint alleges that it was known to a sergeant that they were recent conspirators in possessing stolen property and using stolen credit cards. However, online court records show no criminal charges against Johnson for such activity.
Upon seeing police, Weckwerth threw some stolen wireless earbuds into some shopping carts. She also possessed a bra, a cell phone, socks, and lotion stolen from the store. The items totaled $217.66. Weckwerth, who appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine, also possessed credit cards belonging to another woman. She said the woman was her sister.
About an hour later, police received a report from the woman, saying several of her credit cards were missing from her vehicle. Someone had used the woman’s Northern State Bank card at Petro Pumper at 2:23 a.m., charging $20.23. Someone had also attempted to use the card at Seven Clans Casino, Hotel, and Water Park at 3 a.m.. and attempted to purchase $67.13 worth of items at Walmart. On surveillance video, Weckwerth could be seen attempting to use the card at Walmart at about 7:56 a.m. that day.
Weckwerth’s complaint indicated that she had been previously convicted of felony theft in March 2019. Johnson allegedly possessed a clear plastic baggie containing methamphetamine. He said he had found it on the ground and planned to store extra shirt buttons in it. Johnson’s complaint indicated that he had been previously convicted of fifth-degree controlled substance crime in December.
His case continues to proceed in the court system.
In a separate case, Weckwerth was sentenced for felony depriving another of custodial or parental rights, gross misdemeanor fifth-degree controlled substance crime – possession, and misdemeanor fourth-degree driving under the influence of a controlled substance. For the felony depriving charge, Weckwerth was granted a two-year stay of imposition. As a condition of that sentence, she was ordered to serve 90 days in jail with credit for 60 days served. That sentence is to be served concurrently with the sentences for the below offenses and another case.
She was granted work release and STS privileges. Weckwerth was ordered to serve supervised probation for two years. She was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines. Weckwerth was ordered to abide by the other conditions listed in her previous felony case outlined above.
For the misdemeanor fourth-degree driving under the influence charge, Weckwerth was ordered to serve 90 days in jail with credit for 60 days served. Work release and STS privileges were granted. A chemical assessment was ordered. She was ordered to pay a $75 fine. For the gross misdemeanor drug offense, Weckwerth was granted a statutory stay of adjudication and the case was continued. As a condition, she was ordered to serve 90 days in jail with credit for 60 days served. Work release and STS privileges were granted. The same conditions apply as those conditions ordered for the felony depriving charge. She was also ordered to pay a $50 fee.
The latter set of charges stemmed from a traffic stop on the night of April 15 near the intersection of Highway 59 and 150th Street Northeast, according to the complaint. A girl “who was on the run” was in the vehicle as well, according to the amended complaint. Weckwerth possessed a torch lighter, which is commonly used with illegal drug use, and a baggie containing meth residue. Inside her vehicle, law enforcement found marijuana wax, a container with meth residue, and a container with marijuana residue. Weckwerth said she had used meth two days earlier.
Search warrants were executed for a blood draw and her phone. Weckwerth’s phone contained conversations with her and the girl, who asked for a ride. It also contained Facebook conversations involving Weckwerth and five others either talking about the girl or the girl was using their accounts. Weckwerth admitted transporting the girl earlier that day.
She said the girl had been at homes in Basswood and Greendale trailer courts. She said she had been with the girl a handful of times even though she knew the girl was on the run. She said the girl had been in Badger with a man. None of the others have been charged, according to online court documents.