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Sonstegaard Appears in Court

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A sex offender who escaped from custody in Williston, appeared in court today. Preston Sonstegaard escaped while being treated at Mercy Medical Center on October 1. He was arrested in Glendive, Montana on October 8. Sonstegaard was being held on a probation revocation at the time of his escape.

North Dakota's Northwest Judicial District Court asked for extradition on a warrant for escape, a class C felony.

Judge Richard Simonton reminded Sonstegaard that the matter before his court is not to determine if he is guilty but to determine if the offense listed in the warrant is a matter extraditable to the state of North Dakota. He also told Sonstegaard that he has a right to reasonable bail.

Sonstegaard appeared in court without representation. Judge Simonton assigned the public defenders office to represent him. He is expected to appear again on October 29, 2013 with his public defender to address if he will waive an extradition hearing or fight extradition.

He is currently being held in the Dawson County Correctional Facility.

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