Five people who police say kept a filthy Mandan home where illegal drugs were grown in the presence of small children were sentenced Monday on drug, child neglect and child endangerment charges.
Mandan police on Sept. 3 arrested the five when they responded to a welfare check. Authorities said in an affidavit that the home was filthy, and marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms were being grown there. Five children under the age of 7 were in the home, and police said four more children ages 7 to 13 also lived in the home but were in school when police responded.
Ronald Kidder, 48, of Fort Yates, Lillian Kidder, 51, of Mandan, and Raymond Young, 51, of Bismarck, were charged with child endangerment and child neglect. James Unno, 37, and Samantha Unno, 31, both of Mandan, were charged further with drug manufacturing and possession of drug paraphernalia.
South Central District Judge Daniel Borgen heard the cases. Plea agreements were reached in all five. Assistant Morton County State's Attorney Gabrielle Goter said the minimal criminal history of the defendants was considered when the plea deals were made.
Samantha Unno pleaded guilty to two felony drug charges, a misdemeanor drug charge, and felony child endangerment and child neglect. She was sentenced to two years on probation. A five-year prison term, with 34 days credit for time served, was suspended. Two drug manufacturing charges were dismissed.
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James Unno pleaded guilty to all seven charges against him, including four drug felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge, and felony child endangerment and child neglect. He was placed on probation for two years. A five-year prison term, with credit for 34 days served, was suspended.
Raymond Young pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and child neglect. He was placed on probation for two years, with credit for 34 days served, and given a two-year deferred imposition of sentence, meaning the offense will not remain on his record if he stays out of trouble for two years.
Lillian Kidder pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and child neglect. A two-year prison sentence was deferred, and she was placed on probation for two years.
Ronald Kidder pleaded guilty to contributing to the deprivation or delinquency of a minor. His sentence of 34 days with 34 days credit for time served was deferred for 180 days, which gives him the opportunity to keep the offense off his record if he stays out of trouble. A charge of child endangerment was dismissed.