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Fugitive's associate sentenced to stayed prison term

A Rochester man arrested during law enforcement's hunt for a fugitive last spring has been sentenced to a stayed prison term and community work service.

Bryan Jolliffe Jr., 30, was arrested in May after deputies executed a search warrant in their search for Gregory Ahlers, who had been on the run.

Jolliffe pleaded guilty in October to felony first-degree drug possession. In exchange for the plea, additional counts of first-degree drug sales, third-degree drug possession and storing drugs in the presence of a child, all felonies, were dismissed. Additional charges of gross misdemeanor child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor, also were dismissed.

Olmsted County District Court Judge Christina Stevens sentenced Jolliffe to 84 months in prison, stayed for 30 years. He was ordered to complete 200 hours of community work service and complete a treatment program.

Jolliffe's connection to Ahlers led officers to Jolliffe's home, a Olmsted County Sheriff's report says, where deputies found about 51 grams of methamphetamine. Children were allegedly present in the home.

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