A Thief River Falls man was sentenced Monday, Jan. 29 in Pennington County District Court for a felony drug offense.
Aaron Daniel Zimmerman, 39, was sentenced for a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and a gross misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime. A second felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana were dismissed.
For the felony charge, Zimmerman was granted a five-year stay of imposition. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. Zimmerman was ordered to follow all programming required by his probation agent, including cognitive behavioral programming. He was ordered to make and attend an appointment with a medical doctor for a complete physical and be placed on appropriate medication if deemed necessary by that doctor. Zimmerman was ordered to attend support groups as directed by probation and provide proof of such attendance to his probation agent. He was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. Zimmerman was ordered to have no contact with people associated with illegal drugs.
He was ordered to take his medications in their prescribed dosage and frequency. Zimmerman was ordered to provide a list of his prescribed medications to his probation officer. He was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines. For the gross misdemeanor charge, Zimmerman was ordered to serve one year in jail stayed for two years. That sentence is to be served concurrently with the felony charge. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for two years. Zimmerman was ordered to supply a DNA sample. He was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. The same conditions apply as had been ordered for the felony charge.
The charges stemmed from an incident Sept. 2 at about 5:45 p.m., according to the criminal complaint. An officer was on patrol near the intersection of Eighth Street and Main Avenue, when he saw Zimmerman walking nearby. He knew Zimmerman had a Pennington County warrant out for his arrest. After approaching Zimmerman, the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana. When asked whether he had any marijuana, Zimmerman opened an Altoids can containing numerous marijuana cigarettes and a white prescription pill. He said the pill was hydrocodone provided to him by friend who suffers from headaches. While Zimmerman was placing his sunglasses in his sunglasses case, the officer noticed a syringe inside of it.
The officer then opened the case, finding two syringes, a Q-tip, a spoon and some cotton with residue on it. All were in small plastic baggies. It was later determined that one needle contained methamphetamine. Zimmerman also had small baggies in his pocket. One contained a small clear vial of what appeared to be meth. Upon returning to the Law Enforcement Center, the officer tested a vial that was found inside a cigarette wrapper. It was unclear from the complaint whether there were one or two vials. The vial tested positive for meth. A small black baggie contained tinfoil and a white powder. The powder tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine weighed 0.69 grams. The complaint indicated that the meth totalled 2.7 grams.
A Minnesota Felony Sentence of Stay of Imposition is a much better outcome than either a stay of execution or an executed sentence. With a stay of imposition: – You will plead guilty to a felony level offense. However, if you successfully complete probation, the conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor.
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Three Thief River Falls residents face murder and drug charges in connection to an overdose death.
Aaron Daniel Zimmerman, 40, Nathan Charles Mock, 22, and Nicole Lee Baker, 30, had initial appearance hearings Monday in Pennington County District Court, where they were charged with one count each of third-degree murder and a third-degree controlled substance crime. Baker also was charged with a second third-degree controlled substance crime, as well as a fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
The three were arrested in connection to the death of 20-year-old Samuel Dejesus Cabrales. Medical staff and police responded at 10:12 a.m. Thursday to a Thief River Falls residence on Meadow Street, where they found Cabrales unresponsive, according to charging documents. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers found a needle and a bag of heroin mixture at the scene, which they traced back to Zimmerman, according to court documents. Cabrales had exchanged Facebook messages with Zimmerman, the documents state.
Zimmerman told officers he facilitated the sale between Cabrales and Mock, according to the report. Mock said Baker asked him if anyone wanted heroin.
Baker said during an interview with police she drove Wednesday to Bemidji with Mock and “a man identified as Mikelalen Heaton” to pick up heroin and meth before driving back to Thief River Falls, according to court documents. She appeared extremely upset after learning someone had died from a possible overdose, the documents stated.
“Baker said she knew it was some really strong stuff because earlier that same morning Baker had did just a little bit and had woken up to three of her friends reviving her in the bathroom,” the court documents state, adding she had done “just a ‘dusting of it.’”
Zimmerman was arrested with drug paraphernalia at his residence at 930 Reserve Ave., according to court documents. Officers said they found meth at Mock’s 924 Horace Ave. N. home, but he was arrested during a traffic stop. Officers said they found drug paraphernalia, a baggie of Clonazepam, 4 grams of fentanyl-heroin mix and almost 5 grams of meth at Baker’s 623 Horace Ave. N. residence, according to the documents.
The three have a history of drug charges in Minnesota.
Minnesota Statutes 609.195 MURDER IN THE THIRD DEGREE. Whoever, without intent to cause death, proximately causes the death of a human being by, directly or indirectly, unlawfully selling, giving away, bartering, delivering, exchanging, distributing, or administering a controlled substance classified in Schedule I or II, is guilty of murder in the third degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 25 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $40,000, or both.
Thief River Falls Police Report
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