BURNETT COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced the fifth person who was charged in a March 2019 drug bust where a search warrant executed at a residence in Grantsburg, WI located marijuana plants being grown along with methamphetamine and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
At a recent hearing, Michael Staples, the fifth person charged, was sentenced on charges stemming from that search warrant along with additional criminal charges filed against him in separate court cases. The other four individuals that received criminal charges were sentenced at previous hearings as listed below in this post.
DrydenWire.com reported In March 2019, that Law Enforcement had conducted a search warrant at a residence in Grantsburg, WI, and located over 2.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine and nearly 6 grams of marijuana along with numerous items of drug paraphernalia including glass and rubber smoking devices, a digital scale, glass vials, and "gem" bags. Many of the items tested positive for methamphetamine.
Criminal charges were filed shortly thereafter against the four people found inside the residence at the time of the search warrant; Robert Evans, Diana Chute, Angela Dubois, and Kyle Louis. Law Enforcement also located two children asleep in the residence during the execution of the search warrant, ages 5 months and 7 years old.
In May 2019, criminal charges were also filed against Michael Staples, of Grantsburg, WI alleging that during that search warrant Law Enforcement found an armoire fitted with grow lights and tin foil in Staples’ bedroom with several potted marijuana plants inside. The officers also found a digital scale, baggies, and grinders for marijuana inside Staples’ bedroom.
Michael Staples was charged with Class H Felony Manufacture/Deliver THC > 200-1000 grams and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Although those charges were dismissed and read in, at his recent sentencing hearing, Staples did receive a withheld sentence with 18 months of probation on a conviction of Class H Felony Bail Jumping and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia from charges filed against him in June 2020 in a separate court case. In addition, the Court ordered 104 days of conditional jail time, with credit for 104 days already served.
Conditions of probation will require Staples to undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow through with recommended treatment along with any programming recommended by the Department of Corrections. Staples will also be required to undergo regular drug testing, complete a THC information course, and maintain gainful employment or be enrolled in secondary education.
Diana Chute was charged with Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, Party to a Crime, and Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine. The charge of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine was later reduced to a Misdemeanor charge of Possess Amphetamine, and a charge of Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana was added. Online circuit court records show that at a hearing in February 2020, the Court accepted Guilty pleas from Chute for all her charges, and also accepted a proposed Deferred Sentence Agreement for her charge of Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place. For the convictions of Misdemeanor Possess Amphetamine and Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana, the Court ordered a withheld sentence for Chute, with 2 years of probation.
Condition of probation and the Deferred Agreement require Chute to maintain absolute sobriety and undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment.
Angela Dubois was charged with Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, Party to a Crime; and Misdemeanor Neglecting a Child. The charge of Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place was later reduced to Misdemeanor Possess Amphetamine and Dubois plead Guilty to that reduced charge. The charge of Misdemeanor Neglecting a Child was dismissed and read in. Online circuit court records show that at a hearing in January 2020, the Court ordered a withheld sentence of Dubois; 1 year of probation.
Conditions of probation require Dubois to maintain gainful employment, undergo regular drug testing, maintain absolute sobriety, undergo an AODA assessment, and follow through with all recommendations.
Kyle Louis was charged with Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, Party to a Crime, and Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine. At a hearing in November 2019, the Court accepted his plea of Guilty to his charge of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine. The charge of Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, Party to a Crime was dismissed but read in. According to online circuit court records, the Court ordered a withheld sentence, and 18 months of probation to be served concurrently with 18 months of probation ordered on a conviction for Class H Felony Bail Jumping that was filed against Louis in a separate court case in July 2019.
Conditions of probation will require Louis to undergo an AODA assessment and follow through with all recommendations, maintain gainful employment, participate in all programming as required by the Department of Corrections, and undergo regular drug testing. In addition, the Court ordered that for every positive meth test, Louis will be required to serve 90 consecutive days of conditional jail time with no work release or good time credit.
Robert Evans was charged with Class F Felony Manufacture/Deliver Amphetamine(<=3g); Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, Party to a Crime; and Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine. At a hearing in June 2019, the Court accepted Evans’ plea of Guilty to his charge of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine. His remaining charges were dismissed but read in. The Court ordered an imposed and stayed sentence of 3 years and 6 months with an imposed sentence of 3 years of probation. Should Evans violate conditions of probation he faces 1 year and 6 months of confinement in state prison followed by 2 years of extended supervision.
Conditions of probation require Evans to maintain absolute sobriety; submit to regular drug testing; submit to an alcohol and other drug abuse assessment (AODA) and follow all recommendations; submit to a mental health evaluation and follow all recommendations, and seek partial employment or do community service.