A Chetek man facing a pair of unrelated felony methamphetamine charges pleaded guilty to the more serious offense Thursday, July 18, as part of a deal with prosecutors, according to Barron County Circuit Court documents.

Christopher P. Schaetz, 52, of Chetek, will be sentenced Thursday, Sept. 19, court records said.

According to a complaint filed in December 2018, Schaetz was already a defendant in a meth possession case when he drove another suspect, later identified as 54-year-old Quinlan D. Thomas, also of Chetek, to the scene of a controlled drug buy at a boat landing in the town of Prairie Lake.

There, a pair of confidential police informants allegedly sold two packages of meth to Thomas. He was picked up by Schaetz after the deal was complete, and both suspects were later arrested by police.

The case against Thomas remains open and is scheduled for trial Sept. 30, court records said.

At the hearing on July 18, Schaetz agreed to plead guilty to possession of between three and 10 grams of meth with intent to sell or deliver, an offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine. The less serious meth possession charge was dismissed and read into the record.

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