A Chetek man pled guilty to three of 13 charges from three separate cases and was recently sentenced to three years of probation and 80 days in local jail, along with court costs.
Jon W. Kent, 35, of Chetek pled guilty in December 2019 to two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and one county of misdemeanor theft ($500 or less).
The first methamphetamine possession charge stemmed from a 2018 drug bust at the now-closed Mamma’s Cottage Motel in Chetek.
Kent was one of six defendants charged with drug-related crimes after law officers from Chetek and Turtle Lake executed a search warrant at the motel in June 2018 as part of an investigation of “drug activity occurring at that location over several months,” according to the complaint.
Kent was charged with felony maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanors possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia. Excluding the methamphetamine possession charge, the charges were dismissed in a plea deal with prosecutors.
In April 2019, Kent was charged with misdemeanor theft and both misdemeanor and felony bail jumping. In a deal with prosecutors, Kent pled guilty to the theft charge and the bail jumping charges were dropped.
After allegedly driving the wrong way on Hwy. 53 on Sept. 12, 2019, Kent was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, two counts of felony bail jumping, and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting or failing to stop and bail jumping.
In the plea deal, all the charges except possession of methamphetamine were dismissed.
Kent and his attorney Michelle Erdman were in court on Wednesday, Jan. 29, for a sentencing hearing before Barron County Judge James Babler.
Babler ordered Kent to 80 days in local jail and three years of probation-sentence withheld, with conditions to avoid alcohol, places where alcohol is sold, drugs and drug paraphernalia. Kent was also ordered to pay $1,489 in court fines and to comply with any recommended treatments and undergo an alcohol assessment.
The case was prosecuted by Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright.