Felon pleads guilty to several charges

Published 7:29 am Friday, May 25, 2018

Kenneth Daniel Staffon, 38, of Austin pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Mower County District Court to felony second-degree drug sales of 10 grams or more of a narcotic other than heroin within a 90-day period.

Kenneth Daniel Staffon, 38

He also pleaded guilty to felony predatory offender failing to register from another case and felony fifth-degree drug possession from a third case.

He initially pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, but amended his pleas after reaching plea agreements.

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A charge of felony third-degree drug sales of a narcotic will be dismissed at the sentencing.

Court documents said Staffon sold 19.97 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential police informant for $535 on Jan. 26. The drugs were then surrendered to the police at a prearranged location.

Staffon, along with three other individuals, was arrested on Feb. 8 after law enforcement executed a search warrant on his residence in the 800 block of Sixth Street Northwest. Court documents state that Staffon claimed he was “just visiting” his girlfriend, and was living with his mother in Oregon. However, when an officer spoke to a woman at the residence, she said Staffon had been living there since “around Thanksgiving” and that she had observed him conduct drug sales out of the residence.

A canine was brought through the residence and indicated in several places in Staffon and his girlfriend’s bedroom, according to court documents. Officers found 6.25 grams of methamphetamine under a Bluetooth speaker on the nightstand.

The search warrant was also issued for Staffon’s car, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix that he failed to register with the Predatory Offender Registration.

A review of Staffon’s criminal record shows prior convictions for drug possession, drug sales and failure to register as a predatory offender.

Staffon will be sentenced on July 20.