“Meth is killing our county,” Judge Melissia Mogen said. “You have an addiction, but this goes above and beyond that and you sold poison to this community.”
Mogen was speaking to Randy Lindgerg during his sentencing hearing earlier this month.
Lindberg, 51, Webster, was sentenced to four months of conditional jail time along with four years of probation with an imposed/stayed sentence of four years of initial confinement and four years of extended supervision for manufacture/deliver methamphetamine.
In court, which is being held remotely due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Mogen continued to outline Lindberg’s past and the three undercover confidential informant methamphetamine buys that lead to a search warrant and subsequent arrest.
Mogen continued during the hearing to explain how 32 grams of meth was found in Lindberg’s possession.
“That’s a lot of poison in this community,” she said. Mogen continued by describing the seriousness of the offense and that she was initially leaning towards nine months of jail.
Lindberg was facing three felony cases, but only convicted in one case. In the three cases he was charged with six counts of neglecting a child, two counts possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of delivery of methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. All charges were dismissed but read in except for the one count of manufacture/deliver methamphetamine, a class F felony.
Mogen said she was prepared to give Lindberg a lengthier sentence, but new information came to light. Lindgerg’s attorney Daniel Chapman and Burnett County assistant district attorney Dan Steffen explained to the court how Lindberg helped law enforcement as a confidential informant.
They both said Lindberg helped get charges filed in a case that lead to the seizure of “85 grams of meth, LSD, marijuana and $15,000.”
According to the criminal complaints, the sheriff’s office set up a pair of controlled narcotic buys of a teener (1.75 grams) of meth back in February. The CI told sheriff deputies that Lindberg and his wife were in the house along with two children, ages 13 and 17.
One of the buys was on Feb. 17. Then on Feb. 18 the sheriff’s office executed a no-knock search warrant at Lindberg’s house on Gaslyn Road in Sand Lake. This is when officers found five baggies with a total of 32 grams of methamphetamine along with various drug paraphernalia.
During the search warrant, Lindberg’s wife Sharmin allegedly said “it’s finally over” when officers entered her home. She was glad to help the officers because she needed to get clean.
When Randy was given the opportunity to speak during the hearing and told the court, “I’m sorry for what I’ve done. I’m sorry for what I’ve put the community through.”
Mogen expressed this is a difficult case and reiterated Lindberg was “putting poison on streets” with a destructive drug that causes trauma to children and the community.
She did commemorate him for “trying to do things on the straight and arrow” over the last couple months.
But because of the seriousness of the offense she ordered conditional jail of four months in the county jail.
Lindberg has 60 days to report to jail and due to COVID-19 will need to give the sheriff’s office two weeks notice before he reports.