KELOLAND News broke the story on Dually, the barrel racing horse stolen from the Stanley County Fairgrounds and abused over the 4th of July weekend in 2009. Dually was severely injured with major rope burns and spent months in physical therapy. His owner wasn't sure he would ever be able to compete in the rodeo circuit ever again.
Now the man who authorities say stole Dually, rode him up and down several Ft. Pierre streets and tied him up, injuring the animal, is back behind bars.
Flint Dahl pleaded guilty to unrelated charges in Hughes County last year and was supposed to be sentenced for those crimes on Tuesday. But instead, he just went back to jail.
The latest charges Dahl faces are for driving and boating under the influence. He pleaded guilty to those but he also faces a felony drug charge, which he didn't contest in court. Those crimes date back to last year.
He had been out of jail on bond. In a Hughes County Courtroom Tuesday, a judge said Dahl violated that bond. So instead of giving a punishment for the crimes, the judge ordered Dahl back in custody immediately. He'll be sentenced later this month.
When Dahl committed the crimes in Hughes County, it violated his probation for 2009 Stanley County crimes. One of those was a charge for treating an animal inhumanely. Authorities say he took the popular rodeo horse Dually from Fort Pierre and injured it.
Dahl was expected to receive his punishment Tuesday for violating probation in that case and another in Stanley County, plus the punishment for his Hughes County crimes.
His attorney asked if Dahl could go home, even for 20 or 30 minutes to take care of a few things before going to jail. The judge said, ‘No.’
He told his mom he loved her in the courtroom but didn't have the same kind words for us outside the courthouse.
At this point, Dahl is being held without bond. Dahl's sentencing hearing is rescheduled for April 29.