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Man gets jail, probation for drug offenses

A Rochester man has been ordered to serve a year in jail and be on probation for 30 years for selling drugs.

Olmsted District Judge Kevin Lund stayed execution of a seven-year prison sentence, giving Benjamin Joseph Stucky, 32, a chance at probation. 

Stucky was sentenced Monday in two cases after pleading guilty in November to one count of first-degree and one count of second-degree controlled substance crime. Several other counts were dismissed under the plea agreement.

Authorities alleged he sold methamphetamine and Ecstasy and possessed other illegal drugs. Local narcotic officials said they believed Stucky was a street-level dealer.

Stucky was charged with six felony drug offenses in May. He was out on bail when, authorities said, he sold methamphetamine to a police informant, and he was charged with two more counts of first-degree controlled substance crime.


If Stucky violates conditions of probation, he could end up serving the prison term. The judge stayed execution of a 58-month prison sentence on the second-degree offense and an 84-month prison term on the first-degree offense.

Conditions of probation include being subject to random searches and testing, staying away from establishments that serve alcohol, completing chemical dependency treatment, taking medications, disclosing the names of all people with whom he associates and remaining law abiding.

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