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Felch men enter pleas in pot grow case

By NIKKI YOUNK

Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – Three Felch men were in Dickinson County Circuit Court on felony charges alleging that they were involved in a marijuana grow operation of eight plants.

Two of the co-defendants, 23-year-old David Paul Anderson and 20-year-old Dylan James-Scott Wahl, accepted plea agreements. The third co-defendant, 41-year-old Christopher Scott Wahl, entered a not guilty plea.

Both Anderson and Dylan Wahl pleaded guilty to one felony count of delivery or manufacture of marijuana.

In Anderson’s case, Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards agreed to recommend a delayed sentence, as long as he serves a minimum of 45 days in jail prior to sentencing.

In Dylan Wahl’s case, Richards agreed to recommend sentencing under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA), as long as he serves a minimum of 30 days in jail prior to sentencing.

Defendants who are placed under HYTA status will not have a felony criminal record if they successfully complete all probation requirements. Only defendants between the ages of 17 and 20 are eligible for HYTA.

Anderson and Dylan Wahl each still face a maximum penalty of four years in prison when they are sentenced on June 16.

Christopher Wahl pleaded not guilty to one felony count of delivery or manufacture of marijuana and one high court misdemeanor count of maintaining a drug house. He is also listed as a habitual offender-third.

If convicted, Christopher Wahl could spend up to 12 years in prison.

A pre-trial conference in the matter is set for June 2.

The charges against all three men stem from a March 1 incident in Felch Township.

According to the criminal complaints in the case, authorities performed a consent search of the co-defendants’ residence.

They discovered a marijuana grow operation of eight plants and a glass jar containing suspected processed marijuana.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.