Business owner sentenced to jail for cocaine

Published 10:27 am Wednesday, December 10, 2008

An Austin business owner has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for possession of cocaine.

Scott Allen Johnson, 48, owner of Jerry’s Other Place, was ordered to report to the Mower County Jail Nov. 10 after Judge Donald Rysavy sentenced him on Oct. 30 to 10 years probation in addition to the jail time. A 48-month prison sentence was stayed.

According to court documents, Johnson was pulled over by an officer Nov. 18, 2006 after he ran a stop sign. The officer told the judge he believed he had witnessed a drug transaction and followed Johnson’s vehicle, where more than 10 grams of cocaine was found during his arrest.

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He was charged with second-degree controlled substance crime, misdemeanor open bottle and possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle.

Johnson was represented by Austin attorney Evan Larson.

Mower County Attorney Kristen Nelsen said she had asked for 48 months in prison for Johnson, which would follow statutory guidelines. Rysavy gave him a departure, meaning he did not follow the recommendation.

“We felt it was appropriate,” Nelsen said.

This is Johnson’s first drug conviction.