Several cases were heard in Sheridan County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon. Among them, 49-year-old Dennis Poitra, Sr. of Dayton made his Initial Appearance before Judge John Sampson on two charges: DUI and Driving Under Suspension. Poitra, Sr. is the father of Dennis Poitra, Jr., who is awaiting trial at the end of the summer for his alleged part in the Robert Ernst murder.
Poitra, Sr., who was arrested April 14th, plead "Guilty" to both charges, was sentenced to jail time for each charge, fined $300 as well as various court costs. When released from jail, he will be on supervised probation and was instructed to seek treatment. He is to report to jail on Monday, April 19th, after he contacts his father in Washington state, who's health, he told Judge Sampson, is rapidly failing.