RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Pennington County commissioner convicted of violating a county zoning ordinance has been granted a new trial.

Seventy-seven-year-old George Ferebee disagrees with government oversight of septic systems. A magistrate court judge last September found him guilty of maintaining on his rural Hill City property a septic system that lacked an operating permit. Ferebee was fined $200.

Ferebee had fought the charge for two years, and he appealed his conviction. The Rapid City Journal reports that he has been granted a two-day trial in circuit court in May.

Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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