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FEDERAL COURT

Werneburg pleads guilty to federal drug, weapons charges

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werneburg2 16-11-03

Jeremy Werneburg listens to testimony in his attempted murder trial in 2016.

A 41-year-old Carroll man is set to return to federal prison for more than a decade for dealing methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jeremy Werneburg pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to the two criminal charges, each of which is potentially punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

He is accused of dealing more than 500 grams of meth in 2017 and 2018 while possessing a .22-caliber pistol, according to court records. Further details of the crimes were not immediately available.

Werneburg was arrested for a federal warrant in August after fleeing from a Carroll police officer on gravel roads west of town at speeds of more than 100 mph. Several days later a Manning police officer took him into custody at a hotel in that town.

Werneburg has an extensive history of drug abuse and violence and was paroled by state officials in March after serving more than a year in prison for intentionally striking a man with his vehicle and for going into another man’s apartment and attacking him. He has previously been sentenced to federal prison for drug dealing.

In recent years he has been arrested for:

— Assaulting two different men in 2015.

— Ramming another man with his car into the side of a bar in Carnarvon in 2016. Werneburg was charged with attempted murder but claimed his brakes had failed and was found guilty by a jury of assault.

— Destroying a jail camera while he was suffering from methamphetamine withdrawal in 2016.

— Steering his car off a roadway in Lanesboro to hit another man, who suffered a severely broken leg, in 2018.

— Assaulting another man in a Carroll apartment in a dispute over a woman in 2018.

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