Court grants downward departure in drug possession case
Syhavong was charged with second-degree drug possession in March.
NOBLES COUNTY — An Adrian man was sentenced in Nobles County Fifth District court last week and granted a departure from sentencing guidelines.
Bounchiam Syhavong, 50, was charged with second-degree drug possession in March following a traffic stop in Worthington, where law enforcement located over 41 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle. He was convicted on that charge after entering a guilty plea.
With 200 days credit for time already served, Syhavong was sentenced to 75 months in prison, with a downward durational departure.
According to court documents, the departure was due in part to Syhavong’s treatment participation while his case was pending. Additionally, there was a question as to the accuracy of a previous out-of-state conviction being considered a felony by Minnesota standards. Both the state and defense agreed to sentencing with an altered criminal history score.
A petty misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia was also dismissed.
Syhvahong will also be required to pay $85 in court fines.