Spearfish man pleads not guilty to grand theft

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DEADWOOD — A local man facing theft charges pleaded not guilty before 4th Circuit Court Judge Michelle Comer Thursday at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Jared Alan Hunsley, 42, of Spearfish was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury April 21 and charged with one count of grand theft value more than $5,000, but less than $100,000, a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

The theft, $9514.13 from Olsen Towing, Rapid City, is alleged to have occurred between Oct. 28 and Dec. 11, 2020.

Because Hunsley has two previous felony convictions – April 2, 2015 grand theft and Dec. 1, 2016 unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance, both in Lawrence County, the principle felony in this case is enhanced to a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Lawrence County Chief Deputy Pat Johnson said Hunsley is free on $1,000 cash or surety.

Hunsley’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 21.

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