Worthington man sentenced to 18 months after drug possession conviction

Syhavong was arrested on February 2, after losing control of his vehicle during a police pursuit, according to the report.

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WORTHINGTON — Worthington resident Jay Syhavong was committed to 18 months in a correctional facility on Wednesday, during a Nobles County Fifth District Court sentencing.

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Syhavong, 27, was arrested in February on charges of fleeing a peace officer and fifth-degree drug possession, as well as two misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle.

Having entered a guilty plea, all other charges were dismissed, aside from the fifth-degree possession for which Syhavong was convicted. His sentence was not a departure from the guidelines recommended by the state.

Along with the 18 months Syhavong was sentenced to, with 106 days credit for time served, he will also be expected to pay $85 in court fees. His sentence consists of a minimum term of imprisonment equal to two-thirds of the total sentence.

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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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