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.

Three individuals were sentenced recently in Nobles County Fifth District Courts 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.


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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