Minnesota Man Could Face A Hefty Prison Sentence In Custer County For Drug Distribution

CUSTER COUNTY— There were only a couple of cases in Custer County Court that were not continued or pled down to misdemeanors on Monday, December 16.

Anthony Kolbe, 31 of Sleepyeye, MN, made his first appearance in county court as he faces multiple charges for allegedly transporting THC and marijuana. Kolbe is facing charges for alleged distribution of a controlled substance to wit: THC (class IIA felony), distribution of a controlled substance to wit: marijuana (class IIA felony), possession of a controlled substance, more than one pound, to wit: marijuana (class IV felony) and tampering with evidence (class IV felony).

Kolbe could face up to 44 years in prison and be fined up to $20,000 if found guilty of all charges. According to the Custer County Court Clerk, Kolbe asked for court-appointed counsel, where we was assigned public defender Michael Borders. A preliminary hearing was also set for January 27 at 2:30 PM.

Christopher Pent, 43 of Oconto, made his first appearance in Custer County Court, where he is facing an alleged charge of 1st degree domestic assault (class IIA felony) and a habitual criminal enhancement. Pent asked for court-appointed counsel and Christopher Wickham was assigned to his case.

Pent will now appear back in court on January 13 at 2 PM.  Pent could face a maximum of 80 years in prison if found guilty of all charges and sentenced to the maximum allowed by law.