Sentencing delayed in undercover drug sting

Published 9:39 am Friday, January 15, 2016

Sentencing was delayed Thursday morning in Freeborn County District Court for an Albert Lea man who provided methamphetamine in an undercover drug sting in 2014.

Nathan Register, 35, pleaded guilty in September to aiding and abetting a second-degree drug sale.

Assistant Freeborn County Attorney David Walker said the delay is because Register’s lawyer did not have enough time to review the pre-sentence investigation.

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Register is represented by attorney Evan Larson.

Walker said the delay also gives the court more time to monitor Register’s progress in treatment at Teen Challenge in Rochester.

According to court documents, Register provided approximately 12.5 grams of a crystalline substance that appeared to be meth on May 19, 2014, to Julia Severson at the former Ramsey School parking lot in the presence of an undercover detective. Severson reportedly delivered it to the undercover detective.

The crystalline substance was found to not contain meth, but under Minnesota law selling a substance as meth, even if it isn’t, is illegal.

According to court documents, Severson was charged with first-degree sale of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting first-degree sale of methamphetamine, but those charges were dismissed in April 2015, as part of a plea agreement involving a separate case.

Register’s sentencing is scheduled for April 15.

Register was originally charged with first-degree sale of meth, but that charge was dismissed with a plea deal.

Register faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. According to Walker, he faces a presumptive sentence of four years and 10 months in prison.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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