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Jury finds meth suspect guilty

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After a two day trial that ended Tuesday, a Douglas County jury found Michael Burkey of Alexandria guilty of a first degree controlled substance crime for methamphetamine possession in excess of 25 grams.

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The jury heard evidence that Burkey, 67, was in possession of more than 44 grams of methamphetamine when officers from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the West Central Narcotics Task Force entered his residence on Sunset Strip in Alexandria to execute a search warrant last December.

Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson presented the case to the jury. Judge David Battey presided.

Because Burkey has a prior felony methamphetamine conviction, he is facing a presumptive sentence of 110 months in prison for this offense, according to Larson.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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