ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Mazeppa man will remain behind bars after a ruling from the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Aaron Michael Anderson, 38, was arrested in December 2016 driving an ATV and towing a stolen trailer with two snowmobiles on it in Olmsted County. After he crashed the ATV and was taken into custody, police said they found 27 grams of methamphetamine in his jacket pocket.
Anderson pleaded guilty in May 2017 to 2nd degree drug possession, motor vehicle theft, and possession of stolen property. He was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison.
Anderson appealed, arguing the judge should have given him a lesser sentence because he cooperated with police, displayed a good attitude in court, took responsibility for his actions, and had steady employment. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that even if all those things are true, they do not require the judge to grant Anderson a reduced sentence.