The Court has sentenced the third person in a drug bust case, a man from Hayward, WI, following a plea agreement on multiple drug charges filed against him in Sawyer County Circuit Court. 

SAWYER COUNTY -- All three people charged following a Sawyer County drug bust in February 2018 have now been sentenced.

Drydenwire.com reported previously that three suspects were facing criminal drug-related charges after a traffic stop in Sawyer County in February 2018. Inside the vehicle, Officers located Neil Fleming, of Hayward, WI; Krystin Tainter, of St. Paul, MN; Cheryl Staples, of Hayward, WI; and Keith Tainter, of Stone Lake, WI.

At a hearing on January 14, 2020, the Court sentenced Fleming after prosecution and defense reached a plea agreement regarding the 3 cases filed against Fleming.

Neil Fleming


Although the charges of Class D Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Class I Felony Possession of THC (Marijuana), and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that were filed against Fleming regarding the traffic stop on February 28, 2018, were dismissed and read in, the Court did sentence Fleming on convictions of Class D Felony Conspiracy to Commit Manufacture/Deliver Amphetamine(>10-50g), and Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine which had been filed against Fleming in 2 separate Sawyer County Circuit Court cases.

The Court ordered a 15 year, imposed and stayed, sentence for Fleming along with 11 months of County Jail imposed. Fleming was ordered to serve 8 years of probation following his jail term. Conditions of Fleming’s probation will require him to complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow-through with recommendations of that assessment as well as completing any counseling deemed appropriate by the agent. If Fleming’s probation were to be revoked, he would face a possible prison term of 7 years and 6 months followed by 7 years and 6 months of extended supervision by the Department of Corrections.

Cheryl Staples


Staples was charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and online circuit court records show that upon successful completion of her probation, her charges were dismissed in December 2019.

Keith Tainter


In August 2018 DrydenWire.com reported that the Court had sentenced Keith Tainter who was convicted in July 2018 of Class E Felony Possess with Intent-Amphetamine (3-10 gram) and ordered him to serve 6 months of county jail with credit for 154 days of time served. In addition, the Court ordered 3 years of probation for Keith, with conditions that he completes an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and maintains absolute sobriety.

At the time of this post, DrydenWire.com was unable to locate any information regarding any criminal charges or convictions stemming from the February 28, 2018 traffic stop for the fourth individual located inside the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop, Krystin Tainter.


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