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Emmetsburg Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Meth Conspiracy

June 13, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced June 12, 2012, to 10 years in federal prison.

Michael Kesterson, 51, from Emmetsburg, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 15, 2012, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. On November 16, 2009, Kesterson was previously convicted of delivery of 5 grams or less of methamphetamine in the Iowa District Court for Emmet County.

At the guilty plea hearing, Kesterson admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from about 2009 through April 2011 that distributed at least 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. Kesterson also admitted that on March 2, 2011, he purchased approximately 3.47 grams (per Iowa DCI laboratory report) of crystal methamphetamine (91% pure) from Ronald Walstrom (which law enforcement later seized from Kesterson after observing Kesterson travel to/from Walstrom’s residence).

Kesterson was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Kesterson was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Kesterson is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, Emmetsburg Police Department, and Clay County Sheriff’s Office.



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