Zaliznock pleads guilty to vehicle theft, drug possession

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Michael Lee Zaliznock

A Fargo man pleaded guilty to theft and drug possession, among other charges.

Michael Lee Zaliznock, 27, appeared in Stark County District Court Tuesday before Judge Dann Greenwood facing 10 criminal charges.

Zaliznock pleaded guilty to theft - possession, a Class B felony; fleeing a peace officer - vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia - meth, both Class C felonies; and possession of a controlled substance - meth, criminal mischief, and possession of a controlled substance, all Class A misdemeanors.

He also pleaded guilty to escape, a Class C felony.

Charges of attempted theft - under $500 (a Class B misdemeanor), reckless endangerment (a class C felony), and refusal to halt (a Class A misdemeanor), were dismissed.


The two possession of a controlled substance charges were amended from Class C felonies to Class A misdemeanors.

On Sept. 24, Zaliznock was in knowing possession of a stolen vehicle, whose value exceeded $10,000.

He possessed "a quantity of methamphetamine," hydrocodone, and "a glass smoking device used to ingest methamphetamine," according to the criminal complaint.

Zaliznock failed to bring the vehicle to a stop after being given "both visual and audible signals to stop" by a police vehicle or peace officer.

He also damaged the stolen vehicle. The monetary amount of damage "recklessly caused" was in excess of $2,000.

On Feb. 11, Zaliznock failed to return to official detention while facing felony charges after he was granted leave to receive addiction treatment.

In North Dakota, a Class B felony carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.

A Class C felony carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.


A Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 360 days in jail and $3,000 in fines.

For escaping, Zaliznock was sentenced to three years with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, with 120 days credit for time served.

Zaliznock was sentenced to 10 years, with seven years suspended, for possession of stolen property; five years in jail, with two years suspended, for fleeing and possession of drug paraphernalia; and 360 days for the two possession of a controlled substance charges and criminal mischief.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

Zaliznock made no comments while in court.

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