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Wilmont man released without bail after entering guilty pleas in drug sale cases

WORTHINGTON -- A Wilmont man incarcerated at the Nobles County Jail since late August was released Wednesday without being required to post bail after pleading guilty to two drug sale criminal charges on two criminal files.

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WORTHINGTON - A Wilmont man incarcerated at the Nobles County Jail since late August was released Wednesday without being required to post bail after pleading guilty to two drug sale criminal charges on two criminal files.

Kaine Hanson, 21, submitted guilty pleas to felony fifth-degree sale and second-degree controlled substance sale. The charges were filed after a July traffic stop resulted in the discovery of nearly six pounds of marijuana and $8,000 cash, and a late August incident in which he was accused of traveling to a Rushmore residence at the request of recently incarcerated Benjamin Spanbauer to harass a victim and dispose of suspected drugs. A Nobles County deputy found a black backpack on Hanson’s person containing 10.8 grams of cocaine, which Hanson admitted during Wednesday’s plea hearing that he intended to sell in Nobles County.

Five remaining charges between the two files will likely be dismissed as part of the plea agreement, which calls for 90-day jail sentences, to be served concurrently. As of Wednesday’s plea hearing, Hanson was approximately 14 days shy of the presumed 90-day jail sentence agreed upon by the prosecution and defense. Because sentencing likely would not occur for at least another 30 days and citing his zero criminal history score, Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore granted the defense’s request to amend and waive the $15,000 conditional bail. Hanson’s $1,500 posted bail from the July traffic stop case remained in his file.

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