By NIKKI YOUNK
FLORENCE, Wis. - An Aurora, Wis. man who admitted to possessing between 200 and 1,000 grams of marijuana has been offered a deferred entry of judgment.
Chad Christian, 34, will avoid potential prison time if he successfully follows his probation requirements for the next two years.
During a pre-trial in Florence County Court, Christian pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
In exchange for the pleas, Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler dismissed additional misdemeanor counts of intentionally point a firearm at another person and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Drexler explained that Christian was offered deferred judgment, meaning that his case will be kept open for two years. During that time, Christian must comply with probation requirements such as drug tests.
If Christian successfully follows the requirements, the felony charge will be dismissed and he will not be sentenced.
If he violates the requirements, he will be brought back to court for sentencing on the felony charge. He would face the maximum penalty of six years in prison.
Christian still must pay a $1,000 fine on the misdemeanor count he pleaded to.
The charges against Christian stem from an Aug. 2 incident at his residence in Aurora.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Department responded to a report that Christian had pointed a rifle at another man who was being evicted from the residence.
No one was injured.
While clearing the residence, deputies discovered marijuana and other grow materials.
Deputies initially suspected that there was also a methamphetamine lab in the residence.
However, hazmat team members were only able to recover several bottles of unknown chemicals and a ventilation pipe. They did not find any methamphetamine.
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