A Thief River Falls man was sentenced Monday, Jan. 29 in Pennington County District Court for a felony drug offense.
Aaron Daniel Zimmerman, 39, was sentenced for a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and a gross misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime. A second felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana were dismissed.
For the felony charge, Zimmerman was granted a five-year stay of imposition. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. Zimmerman was ordered to follow all programming required by his probation agent, including cognitive behavioral programming. He was ordered to make and attend an appointment with a medical doctor for a complete physical and be placed on appropriate medication if deemed necessary by that doctor. Zimmerman was ordered to attend support groups as directed by probation and provide proof of such attendance to his probation agent. He was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. Zimmerman was ordered to have no contact with people associated with illegal drugs.
He was ordered to take his medications in their prescribed dosage and frequency. Zimmerman was ordered to provide a list of his prescribed medications to his probation officer. He was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines. For the gross misdemeanor charge, Zimmerman was ordered to serve one year in jail stayed for two years. That sentence is to be served concurrently with the felony charge. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for two years. Zimmerman was ordered to supply a DNA sample. He was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. The same conditions apply as had been ordered for the felony charge.
The charges stemmed from an incident Sept. 2 at about 5:45 p.m., according to the criminal complaint. An officer was on patrol near the intersection of Eighth Street and Main Avenue, when he saw Zimmerman walking nearby. He knew Zimmerman had a Pennington County warrant out for his arrest. After approaching Zimmerman, the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana. When asked whether he had any marijuana, Zimmerman opened an Altoids can containing numerous marijuana cigarettes and a white prescription pill. He said the pill was hydrocodone provided to him by friend who suffers from headaches. While Zimmerman was placing his sunglasses in his sunglasses case, the officer noticed a syringe inside of it.
The officer then opened the case, finding two syringes, a Q-tip, a spoon and some cotton with residue on it. All were in small plastic baggies. It was later determined that one needle contained methamphetamine. Zimmerman also had small baggies in his pocket. One contained a small clear vial of what appeared to be meth. Upon returning to the Law Enforcement Center, the officer tested a vial that was found inside a cigarette wrapper. It was unclear from the complaint whether there were one or two vials. The vial tested positive for meth. A small black baggie contained tinfoil and a white powder. The powder tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine weighed 0.69 grams. The complaint indicated that the meth totalled 2.7 grams.
A Minnesota Felony Sentence of Stay of Imposition is a much better outcome than either a stay of execution or an executed sentence. With a stay of imposition: – You will plead guilty to a felony level offense. However, if you successfully complete probation, the conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor.