Mellette County Jailer Sentenced For Accessory Charge

A Mellette County jailer has been sentenced with one count of accessory to a felony charge.

According to Attorney General Marty Jackley, Kimberly K. Dewes, 47, of White River allowed a 24/7 sobriety participant to submit clean urine for testing instead of making them give a urine sample during her time as a Mellette County jailer.

Dewes has been sentenced to 12 months in jail, with 6 months suspended. She will serve her time at the Winner jail. She has also been fired from her position as jailer.

“The entire concept of the 24/7 sobriety program relies on the integrity of the participants and the testing facilities,” Jackley says. “Dewes with her actions directly violated the public’s trust in the program.”

The case was investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Mellette County Sheriff’s office.