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Former South Dakota education cooperative director sentenced

November 26, 2018

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — The sentencing of a former South Dakota educational cooperative official who pleaded guilty to falsifying evidence caps a high-profile case prosecutors dubbed “Gear Up.”

The Daily Republic reports former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Director Dan Guericke received a suspended imposition of sentence Monday.

Guericke must pay a $1,000 fine and other costs, but his sentence will be suspended and the suspended imposition will be sealed. Guericke’s attorney didn’t immediately return a message.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says he told the court Guericke accepted responsibility for his actions.

Guericke had pleaded guilty to one felony count of falsifying evidence; other charges were dropped in a plea deal.

Prosecutors accused Guericke and consultant Stacy Phelps of backdating contracts. A jury cleared Phelps.

They were charged after a financial investigation launched because Mid-Central employee Scott Westerhuis killed his family and himself in 2015.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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