Two guilty pleas in Mower County drug case

Ryan Baldus

Third defendant to still stand trial.

Posted: Apr 13, 2018 3:21 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – Two of the people arrested after a drug task force investigation are pleading guilty.

Jennifer Ann Elizabeth Spaeth, 28 of Albert Lea, and Cully Thomas Shierts, 21 of Albert Lea, and Ryan Jiles Baldus, 27 of Austin, were charged after authorities stopped their vehicle on Mower County Road 2 on December 18, 2017. Law enforcement says a search of the vehicle found a .38 caliber pistol, ammunition, 1.44 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and $223.

Jennifer Spaeth

Cully Shierts

Authorities say a search of Baldus’ home then located nearly 12 grams of meth, marijuana, marijuana wax, a mirror with meth residue, drug paraphernalia, and a box of rifle ammunition.

Spaeth has pleaded guilty to two counts of 5th degree drug possession, illegal transport of a pistol, and illegal transport of pistol ammunition.

Shierts is pleading guilty to 5th degree drug possession and being a drug user in possession of ammunition.

Baldus is pleading not guilty to two counts of violent felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of 5th degree drug possession. His trial is scheduled for July 23.

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