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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Argyle Man Receives 10 Year Sentence For Growing Marijuana

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Stephen George Nelson, 61, of Argyle, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to grow more than 100 marijuana plants. Nelson pleaded guilty to this charge on February 5, 2013.

Nelson and his fellow conspirator, Kelvin W. Johnson, 53, Monticello, Wis., were charged after law enforcement discovered that they were growing marijuana in rural Green County, Wis. Kelvin Johnson was sentenced on April 5, 2103, and because processed marijuana was discovered at his home, he forfeited $25,000 of the value of his home to the United States. In addition, Johnson was placed on four years of supervised release. Nelson, who has three prior felony convictions involving the distribution of marijuana, received a longer sentence in light of his criminal history.

The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the State Line Area Narcotics Team, Drug Enforcement Administration, Green County Sheriff’s Department, Argyle Police Department and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.

Updated July 14, 2015