A Lawton, North Dakota man has been sentenced for failing to register as
a sex offender.
Nathan Paul McNelus pleaded guilty to the felony charge Monday afternoon in Northeast
District Court in Grafton.
McNelus is sentenced to one-year in prison. He must serve 90-days in the Walsh
County Jail in Grafton. The balance of that sentence is suspended for one-year of
supervised probation. McNelus's guilty plea is to the charge of failing to register as a
convicted sex offender, a felony punishable to a maximum of five-years in prison and a
five-thousand-dollar fine. If he violates probation, he could be sentenced to five-years
maximum. If McNelus successfully completes his probation, the charge will be categorized
as a misdemeanor.
McNelus must report to jail November first. He pleaded guilty under terms of a plea
McNelus lived near Lawton since January of 2012 and didn't register. He was convicted
of rape in Brown County, South Dakota in two thousand.