Albert Lea man sentenced to up to 20 years of probation for meth possession

Published 10:24 pm Thursday, February 8, 2018

An Albert Lea man charged in Freeborn County District Court for possessing substantial amounts of methamphetamine was placed on probation for up to 20 years in two cases Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Marlin Risnes

Marlin Lee Risnes, 36, was placed on probation after he pleaded guilty in August to second-degree meth possession and third-degree meth possession in separate files. He was given stayed sentences of nearly 2 1/2 years in prison in each file as he serves probation.

In both files, Risnes was sentenced to 180 days in jail and was given credit for 139 days served.

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Judge Ross Leuning ordered Risnes to not possess firearms, ammunition or explosives; remain law-abiding, attend Teen Challenge and meet other conditions.

Court documents state Risnes was charged with third-degree meth possession after a bookbag was found with several items, including what later tested positive as 29.76 grams of meth in two baggies.

Risnes was charged with second-degree meth possession after he reportedly dropped several items when he fled an Albert Lea officer, including three baggies of meth totaling 46.6 grams. He reportedly had a baseball bat up his sleeve, and a drug pipe and a scale that tested positive for meth was found.

In a separate file, Risnes was charged with fifth-degree controlled substance and possessing ammunition or a firearm with a previous conviction or adjudicated delinquent for a crime of violence, but those charges were dismissed.

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

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