Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says 20-year old Drew Alan Kersten of Boyden was sentenced for 3rd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Theft, and Possession of Marijuana. McAllister says the case stems from a November 14th incident, where Kersten broke into a shop building in rural Sioux County and stole catalytic converters, scrap copper, batteries, and wheels that authorities say he sold to a scrap metal business in Sioux Falls. At the time of his arrest on those charges, Kersten was also charged with Possession of Marijuana.
McAllister says Kersten was granted a deferred judgement on the burglary charge and placed on 3 years probation. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison on the theft charge, and received a 180-day jail sentence on the marijuana charges. Both were suspended with Kersten placed on probation for 2 years. As a specific condition of his probation, Kersten was ordered to reside at the Residential Treatment Facility in Sheldon until maximum benefits have been achieved. He’s be held for approximately 6 to 8 weeks in the Sioux County Jail, until bed space becomes available at the RTF.