NDN Collective president in the process of having July 3rd charges dropped

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — A release from the NDN Collective states that charges against it’s president, Nick Tilsen, were being dropped.

Tuesday night, the Pennington County State’s Attorney said that the dropped charges statement is somewhat correct.

State’s Attorney Mark Vargo said that, so far, Tilsen has only been to an intake meeting for the county’s divergence program.

In order to participate, Tilsen had to admit guilt to one of the charges stemming from the July third protest in Keystone before the Mount Rushmore fireworks.

Upon completion of program for one year, which requires candidates to obey all laws during the year, charges would then be dropped.

“There was a suggestion that Mr. Tilsen has said that this kinda proves that we didn’t have a case. Diversion is exactly the opposite of that, is for instances where we have a case that’s so good that people are willing to acknowledge that they did it. And it’s not about whether you did it or not, it’s about whether the most appropriate outcome to the case involves you changing your behavior without the necessity of a criminal conviction.” said Vargo.

The next step would be for Vargo’s office to interview the victims in the case before presenting Nick Tilsen a contract to partake the divergence program.

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