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BURNETT COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced James K. Taylor, of Spooner, WI, on drug convictions stemming from a 2019 DNR search warrant.

Charges were filed against Taylor in January 2020 following the execution of a search warrant at his residence on Oak Road in December 2019.

The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office and Wardens with the Department of Natural Resources executed the search warrant seeking evidence of poaching and discovered evidence of drug activity instead, including glass jars containing suspected marijuana.

A second search warrant was obtained which led to the discovery of numerous items of drug paraphernalia including pipes and a digital scale as well as multiple glass jars and bags containing suspected marijuana and methamphetamine. Tests were conducted on various items of evidence taken from the residence and returned positive results for marijuana and methamphetamine.

Taylor was charged with Class H Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver THC (Tetrahydrocannabinols), Class D Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Class I Felony Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Online circuit court records show that he appeared most recently on July 11, 2022, for a sentencing hearing on convictions for Class H Felony Possess w/ Intent-THC(>200-1000g), and two amended counts of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine. The remaining charges filed against Taylor were dismissed but read in at a hearing in April 2022. Charges including Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, MIsdemeanor Receiving or Concealing Stolen Property (<=$2500), Misdemeanor Fail/Obtain Deer Hunting Required Approval, Misdemeanor Illegal Shining of Deer, Elk, or Bear, Misdemeanor Operating While Revoked, Misdemeanor Possession of THC, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia that were filed against Taylor in three other Burnett County Circuit Court cases were also dismissed at previous hearings.

The Hon. John Anderson ordered withheld sentences for Taylor with probation; 3 years of probation for his conviction of Class H Felony Possess w/ Intent-THC(>200-1000g) and 2 years of probation on each conviction for Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine. Taylor will serve all probation concurrently. If Taylor’s probation is revoked, he will face 12 months of confinement in county jail under an imposed and stayed jail sentence that Judge Anderson also ordered for one conviction of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine.

Conditions of probation will require Taylor to maintain absolute sobriety and full-time employment, complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow-through, and comply with counseling per the Department of Corrections. Judge Anderson also ordered Taylor to pay over $1,500 in court costs.

Last Update: Jul 13, 2022 12:18 pm CDT

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