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Canby woman sentenced to 67 months in prison

GRANITE FALLS -- Rebecca Joan Larson, 28, of Canby, was sentenced Tuesday to 67 months in prison and a $500 fine on a felony second-degree drug sale charge for her role in selling prescription pills to a CEE-VI informant in March.

As part of her sentence in Yellow Medicine County District Court, Larson was given credit for 38 days already served and ordered into the custody of the state Department of Corrections immediately after she finishes a sentence in Lincoln County.

She is one of 10 people charged after a drug task force investigation, with the assistance of several area law enforcement agencies, into the sales of controlled substances in Canby.

According to court files, Christopher Michael Birman, 21, of Porter, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 12 to three years of probation, two days in jail, $60 in restitution and a $50 fine on a fifth-degree drug sale charge.

Brian Dennis Ende, 19, of St. Michael, has pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree drug sale charge and will be sentenced Aug. 10.

Seth Jarvis Herzog, 20, of Browns Valley, faces a fifth-degree sale charge.

Kim Nicholas Merritt, 38, of Canby, faces second- and fourth-degree controlled substance sale charges and his next appearance is Aug. 9.

Joshua Steven Fliss, 28, Page Ann Fliss, 28, Robbi Jo Antony, 47, and David Jon Nelson, 20, of Canby, all face fifth-degree drug sale charges and make their next court appearances in August and September. Patrick Timothy Lynch, 28, of Canby, faces a second-degree controlled substance sale.

-- Staff reports