WILLMAR — A Hutchinson man received a prison sentence of nine years and three months on a felony drug possession charge.

In a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, Justin Paul Nelson, 33, pleaded guilty to a second-degree drug possession charge. First-degree drug sale, second-degree drug sale and second-degree drug possession charges were dismissed when he was sentenced Feb. 17.

Nelson was sentenced to 111 months in prison, with credit for 327 days, about 11 months, already served in custody. Under state law, people sentenced to jail or prison time must serve at least two-thirds of their sentence in custody, and the remaining one-third may be served on supervised release.

Nelson was also ordered to pay $215 in fines and court fees to be taken from his prison earnings.

Nelson was arrested by Willmar police in January 2020.

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According to the court file, officers saw Nelson in a parked vehicle and arrested him on an active warrant from the state Department of Corrections.

In searching the passenger seat where Nelson had been sitting, an officer found a black fanny pack which contained two baggies with a crystal substance inside that tested positive for methamphetamine, a digital scale and smaller amounts of marijuana and synthetic marijuana. The baggies and their contents weighed 41 grams, about 1.4 ounces.

According to court records, Nelson has two previous convictions for second-degree drug sale, two drug possession convictions and a conviction for escape from custody.

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