La Crosse man sentenced to 10½ years in prison for possession of meth with intent

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — James Dean, 37, of La Crosse was sentenced Wednesday to 10½ years in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
La Crosse police officers arrested Dean on Feb. 5 after an informant tipped them that Dean was at a gas station, according to arrest records. Officers, who were aware that an active felony arrest warrant was out for Dean, went to the station and saw him get into the passenger side of a car, according to the records.

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Dean (La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office photo)

Officers responded to the gas station and saw Dean get into the passenger side of a car. Officers attempted a traffic stop when the car left the station, but Dean jumped out of the vehicle and ran.
During a brief foot pursuit, Dean ran full-speed into a picnic table, flipped into the air and landed on the ground, according to the report. Officers were able to arrest him after a short struggle.
While searching Dean, officers found several bags in his pockets containing a total of 58 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also searched the area around Dean and found a loaded 9-mm Smith and Wesson handgun.
Officers also searched the vehicle in which Dean was a passenger and found 219 grams of methamphetamine hidden inside of a laptop case, according to the arrest report.
During sentencing, Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson voiced chagrin that the crime involved a large amount of methamphetamine, a loaded firearm and resisting arrest.
Peterson also noted that Dean has a “really horrible” criminal history, including more than 20 felony convictions, and had been involved in selling a significant amount of methamphetamine in the La Crosse community.
Peterson said the 10½ year sentence was necessary to protect the public.