Rock man sentenced to prison term

MARQUETTE – A 50-year-old Rock man was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for making methamphetamine at his residence last fall. The judgment was handed down in U.S. District Court in Marquette.

James Dean Wyatt, 50, was arrested by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) on Oct. 30. He was scheduled to go to trial in March but opted to make a plea in federal court in February.

Wyatt pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, a 20-year felony with a maximum fine of $1 million.

During his sentencing in federal district court last week, in addition to a seven-year-two-month prison term, Judge R. Allan Edgar ruled Wyatt be placed on probation for three years.

The judge also ordered Wyatt pay $11,500 in restitution to his landlords for damaging their property at 14512 Hwy. M-35.

During execution of a search warrant at Wyatt’s place of residence on the day of his arrest, UPSET detectives confiscated three firearms, components for manufacturing meth, finished meth product, and an active “one pot” meth lab.

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