Former Lake Geneva man gets prison sentence in meth case

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Jonah Beleckis | August 9, 2017

ELKHORN—A Walworth County judge has sentenced a former Lake Geneva man to four years in prison for making methamphetamine.

On July 28, Judge Phil Koss also sentenced Michael R. Koerner, now 31, most recently of Elkhorn, to five years of extended supervision after Koerner's June 13 guilty plea, according to court records.

Charges that were dismissed and read into the record were possession of drug paraphernalia to make meth in the presence of a child younger than 14 years old, possession of meth precursors and possession of meth waste.

The charges stem from a search warrant executed at a Lake Geneva residence Feb. 25, 2016, when authorities found equipment for making meth and waste from a meth cook, according to the criminal complaint. Police found bottles used to cook meth on the second story of the home.

A child told police Koerner makes the upstairs “smell bad,” the complaint states.

After police executed the search warrant, they found Koerner at a town of Darien homeless shelter with pseudoephedrine, according to the complaint. Pseudoephedrine is a main ingredient used to make meth.

Other meth makers in Walworth County, Patrick Gerber and Bryan Tidwell, were sentenced to three years in prison in the spring.

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