Durfee Prison

SPRINGFIELD —Two more Mike Durfee State Prison (MDSP) inmates face charges in last year’s drug bust, bringing the total number of prisoners to nearly two dozen.

Anthony James Pewo, 32, and Jonathan Ray Gundvaldson, 33, face different drug charges. Pewo faces a July 30 status hearing while Gundvaldson faces a Sept. 5-6 jury trial.

In addition, each defendant faces a charge as a habitual offender. The status could intensify their sentences if they plead or are found guilty, or if they plead no contest.

The men’s proceedings are scheduled for the Bon Homme County Courthouse in Tyndall.

They represent the latest defendants in the drug busts at MDSP. The medium-security state prison for men in Springfield currently houses about 1,250 inmates.

Other defendants on the drug charges have had their cases processed through the courts.

Assistant Attorney General Katie Mallery is prosecuting the cases against Pewo and Gundvaldson.

Pewo is charged with one count of possession of an article of indulgence, a controlled substance (synthetic marijuana), by an inmate. The Class 4 felony carries a maximum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment and a $30,000 fine.

According to court documents, on or about Oct. 11, 2018, Pewo allegedly possessed synthetic marijuana. He was indicted by a Bon Homme County grand jury and appeared before Circuit Judge Cheryle Gering.

In addition, court documents indicate Pewo has been convicted of five felonies, which result in habitual-offender status:

• On or about Jan. 6, 2009, he was convicted in the Third Judicial Circuit (Brookings County) of simple assault against a law enforcement officer;

• On or about Dec. 31, 2012, he was convicted in the Third Judicial Circuit (Moody County) of vehicular homicide;

• On or about Dec. 31, 2012, he was convicted in the Third Judicial Circuit (Moody County) of fourth-offense driving while under the influence;

• On or about July 22, 2013, he was convicted in the First Judicial Circuit (Union County) of forgery;

• On or about July 22, 2013, he was convicted in the First Judicial Circuit (Union County) of third-offense driving while under the influence.

Scotland attorney Kent Lehr will serve as Pewo’s court-appointed attorney.

Gundvaldson is charged with one count of possession of an article of indulgence (marijuana) by an inmate, a Class 6 felony.

The Class 6 felony carries a maximum sentence of 2 years imprisonment and a $4,000 fine.

According to court documents, Gundvaldson allegedly possessed marijuana on or about Sept. 7, 2018. He was indicted by a Bon Homme County grand jury and appeared before Gering in Tyndall.

In addition, court records indicate Gundvaldson has been convicted of five felonies which can result in habitual-offender status.

• On or about Feb. 6, 2008, he was convicted in the Second Judicial Circuit (Minnehaha County) of manufacturing, distribution and possession of a controlled substance;

• On or about March 30, 2010, he was convicted in the Second Judicial Circuit (Minnehaha County) of possession of a controlled substance;

• On or about Oct. 10, 2012, he was convicted in the Second Judicial Circuit (Minnehaha County) of first-degree burglary;

• On or about Oct. 10, 2012, he was convicted in the Second Judicial Circuit (Minnehaha County) of grand theft;

• On or about Oct. 30, 2012, he was convicted in the Second Judicial Circuit (Lincoln County) of first-degree burglary.

Menno attorney Ken Bertsch has been appointed to serve as Gundvaldson’s court-appointed attorney.

Gering has set an Aug. 6 deadline for all pre-trial motions, with an Aug. 13 change of plea deadline in the case.

Motions requiring only legal arguments will be heard at 2 p.m. Aug. 13. Motions requiring testimony shall be scheduled with the judge or her court reporter.

In addition, Gering has ordered an Aug. 29 deadline for submitting proposed jury instructions.

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(3) comments

chromedome42

When are we going to see something done about the obvious complicity and/or complete negligence by Prison staff in allowing drugs to enter the facility?

Justthinking

It’s the visitors that are bringing the drugs in. The best solution is to stop all visitation for anyone caught with drugs.

Emperor Palpatine

You can not take down the Sith or our Empire. My imperial soldiers who are both bringing in contraband and aiding visitors to bring in the contraband will not falter. Chromedome42 is right. However darkness has always ruled over MDSP. This will have no difference of outcome.

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