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Man involved in multi-county police pursuit sentenced in Nobles and Murray courts

Two other individuals were sentenced for drug and controlled substance-related crimes, respectively.

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WORTHINGTON — Several individuals were sentenced in local Fifth District Courts this week, in cases previously reported on by The Globe.

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Mount Vernon, New York, resident Brendon Aaron Brown, 20, was sentenced in both Nobles and Murray County Fifth District Courts on Monday. Brown was arrested in March at a Currie bar, after being involved in a multi-county pursuit of a white Porsche by local law enforcement agencies.

Brown first appeared in Murray County Fifth District Court, where he was convicted on the felony-level charge of fleeing a peace officer, after entering a guilty plea. Two other charges related to traffic violations were dismissed.

In Nobles County, Brown was also convicted on the charge of fleeing a peace officer.

In both cases, Brown was granted a stay of imposition to serve two years of probation. If successfully completed, the charges against him will result in a misdemeanor conviction. Both sentences also included a fine of $1,000.

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Also in Nobles County, Leon Baron, 30, of Worthington was convicted of a controlled substance in the third degree, having entered a guilty plea. Baron was arrested in January 2021, following the execution of a search warrant that turned up over 20 grams of methamphetamine at a local residence.

Several other charges were dismissed, as per the plea agreement.

Baron was sentenced to 45 months in a Minnesota correctional facility, with 386 days credit for time already served. This sentence is to be served concurrent with a 2020 drugs conviction, for which Baron was initially granted a stay of execution. He will be reinstated on probation and required to complete the MN Cornerstone Drug Court program.

In Cottonwood County, a Lakefield man who tried to pass off psilocybin mushrooms as “gourmet” to police officers during the execution of a search warrant was given a stay of adjudication for a count of fourth-degree drug sale. Successful completion of three years of probation will result in the dismissal of charges for John Spillman, 33.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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