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Sterling man gets probation in drug case

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

MORRISON – A Sterling man is serving 30 months of probation for selling marijuana.

Christopher D. Eckhardt, 37, pleaded guilty Feb. 26 in Whiteside County Court to manufacturing or delivering 10 to 30 grams of marijuana and to delivering a controlled substance. Both sentences brought 30 months of probation; they will be served concurrently.

As part of his plea agreement, a charge of delivering a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school was dismissed.

Eckhardt sold about 4 ounces of marijuana worth $320 to an informant on Oct. 17, and $40 worth of prescription drugs to an informant on Oct. 30, both times near St. Mary Grade School in Sterling.                                                  

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