(Minneapolis, MN) On Thursday of last week (Nov 7), the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis sentenced 38-year-old Donald Jay Braaten of Marshall to 80 months in Federal prison for Distribution of Methamphetamine.
Officials say Bratten was originally charged with both trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person. The firearm charge was dismissed a part of a plea agreement with Federal prosecutors.
Braaten’s case arose out of an investigation in Renville County by the Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Drug Task Force.
In the fall of 2018, Task Force agents conducted various controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Braaten. At the time of Bratten’s eventual arrest in Sacred Heart, task force agents found him to be in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun and was charged in Renville County District Court.
Later, Braaten was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for the same offenses and the case was dismissed in Renville County so the Federal case could continue.
Braaten will serve his sentence in a Federal penitentiary.