A Waseca man was sentenced last week for a possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree controlled substance.

Michael Collins, 55, received a five-year stay of adjudication after being sentenced Feb. 19 in Waseca County Court.

A stay of adjudication is a situation where the defendant admits they committed the crime, supplies factual basis to support the plea, however, the judge does not formally accept the guilty plea because a conviction is the acceptance of a guilty plea.

Collins will be placed on probation under terms and conditions -- if he successfully completes probation, a conviction won't be entered, but if he violates the terms of their probation, he will have to re-appear in court and may lose the stay of adjudication and face re-sentencing.

Minnesota Statute allows for a stay of adjudication in possession drug cases, not sales.

His sentencing came months after he pleaded guilty on Nov. 2, 2012 after law enforcement entered his home with a search warrant and found meth and drug paraphernalia around the home.

Agents from the South Central Drug Investigation Unit and a Waseca police officer attempted to knock several times on Collins’ home at 154 Vista Villa Court, before forcing entry, according to the complaint, and found no one home.

Some of the items found, photographed and collected as stated in the investigation report, were a spoon with residue and burn marks, silver pill container, a scale and glass pipe, all of which field tested positive for meth.

Also found was a Remington Wing Master 870, 20 gauge pump shotgun, 22 mini-mag and Remington 22 LR Rimfire cartridges and a 410 bolt action gun in a case. 


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