State Crime and Court Roundup: Trial begins this week for former principal charged with dealing marijuana
ANTIGO - A trial is scheduled to begin tomorrow for a former Antigo football coach and elementary principal charged with dealing marijuana.
48-year-old John Lund is charged with seven felony counts of manufacturing and selling pot, and maintaining a drug trafficking place. A jury is expected to be picked in Langlade County Circuit Court in Antigo, and Lund's trial is scheduled to run for four days before Judge Fred Kawalski. Lund is accused of running the school portion of a drug ring which sold marijuana to teachers in Antigo and Merrill. That part of it was exposed in late 2011, and Lund resigned soon after he was charged last January. Since then, authorities have said the school cases were just part of a drug ring that stretched as far south as Wausau. John Hunter of Antigo was charged five months ago with 50 felony counts of selling both cocaine and marijuana. He has pleaded innocent, and the status of his case will be reviewed on February fourth. As of September, 15 people have been charged - mostly teachers accused of using marijuana sold to them by former assistant football coach Scot Peterson. He was sentenced to six months in jail for his role.
A former UW-Madison doctoral student will spend at least three years in prison under a new state law passed in the last session that toughened penalties for possessing child pornography. A mandatory three-year prison term for all child porn cases has been on the books since April. And 31-year-old Jay Babcock of Madison will become the first Dane County resident to be sentenced under the new law today. Three men in other counties have also received the mandatory prison time. Assembly Republican Mark Honadel of South Milwaukee proposed the measure, and it got support from both parties. He said judges were letting too many child porn convicts stay out of prison. Babcock was charged last June with 10 counts of felony child porn possession. He pleaded guilty to four counts, and the other six were dropped in a plea deal.