A Rice Lake resident who helped facilitate a $500 methamphetamine buy in Eau Claire last January was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Barron County Circuit Court.
Peter J. Roberts, who turned 22 last June, will get credit for 62 days already spent in jail and will serve another four years under “extended supervision” after his release. He was declared eligible for the state’s “challenge incarceration” (boot camp) program.
Court records said Roberts already had a felony meth possession conviction on his record when he and a confidential informant went to Eau Claire Jan. 5, 2018, to buy half an ounce of meth for $500.
The case was investigated jointly by Barron County Sheriff’s police and the city of Eau Claire Drug Task Force.
Barron investigators equipped the informant with a GPS-enabled audio transmitter, followed both the informant and Roberts to Eau Claire, and were close by when the drug deal was completed in the parking lot of an Eau Claire supermarket. Roberts was later questioned at the Barron County Jail and allegedly confessed to setting up the drug deal.
At the time of the incident, Roberts already had a felony meth possession conviction on his record from November 2016.
In a deal reached in August, Roberts pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of manufacturing and/or delivering between 10 and 50 grams of meth, an offense punishable by up to 25 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine. In exchange, prosecutors asked for the dismissal of three other felony charges and one misdemeanor charge associated with this and two other cases.