Mayor of Mapleview released from probation

Published 7:07 am Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The mayor of Mapleview was released from probation exactly a year after being sentenced on a felony drug charge.

Arnie Dean Johnson, 49, who was elected to his first-term as mayor last fall in the small community, was discharged from probation Friday after arguments from his counsel and county attorney Kristen Nelsen.

Johnson faced up to five years probation but Minnesota Department of Corrections officials recommended he be released because he had complied with all requirements of his Sept. 11, 2008, sentencing.

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That sentencing stemmed from a police search of his 112 Broadway home in July 2006 in which officers seized 1.8 grams of cocaine and a .22-caliber pistol.

Johnson admitted that he bought and sold cocaine, and used some of the drug himself, according to a criminal complaint.

He defeated Larry Naatz in November’s election by taking 46 of 79 total votes cast.