Former Elk Mound man pleads guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  A 43-year-old former Elk Mound man now living in Wheeler has pleaded guilty to one felony count of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Lonnie A. Eppers, along with his attorney, Roger M. Hillestad, appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court March 29 before Judge James Peterson for a plea hearing.

Eppers initially was charged with five felony counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place, manufacturing or delivering less than three grams of methamphetamine, manufacturing or delivering greater than three to ten grams of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, felony bail jumping, and one misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia. 

Judge Peterson accepted Eppers’ guilty plea for possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver and dismissed the remaining counts but ordered the dismissed counts be read into the record for sentencing. 

Judge Peterson also ordered that one felony count of possessing methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia from a separate case also be dismissed but read into the record for sentencing. 

According to the criminal complaint, Dunn County investigators arranged with a confidential informant to purchase methamphetamine from Eppers on two separate occasions in August of 2016 at his residence at 220 South Holly Avenue in Elk Mound.

Judge Peterson set a cash bail of $5,000 on September 26, 2016, and Eppers posted the cash bail on October 17, 2016.

In the earlier case, Judge Peterson had set a cash bond of $500 on August 2, 2016.

According to on-line court records, Eppers moved from Elk Mound to Wheeler in November of 2016.

A jury trial had been scheduled in the Eppers case but was removed from the court calendar after the plea hearing.

A sentencing hearing is set for June 6 in Dunn County Circuit Court. 

Judge Peterson ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and the PSI must be filed with the court by May 23.