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Final Man Sentenced In Peshtigo Drug Bust
Issue Date: July 17, 2013
A City of Peshtigo drug bust that began Sept. 26 ended Thursday, July 11, when the last of four men arrested was sentenced by Marinette County Circuit Court Judge David Miron.
Davonte Tyrece Amos, 20, Milwaukee, was sentenced to four years in prison plus five years of extended supervision and fined $403 on a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver less than three grams of heroin as party to a crime. He was given credit for 289 days served in jail while awaiting closing of the case and unable to post a $100,000 cash bond.
Dismissed but read into the record was a felony charge of battery by a prisoner. The incident happened April 1 while he was in custody since his Sept. 26 arrest.
Three others previously sentenced were Gary Lee Rietz, 46, 181 Chicago Court #307, Peshtigo; Mark Russell Christophersen, 23, formerly of Menominee, Mich., and Deron Terrill Crittenden, 24, Milwaukee. All were sentenced on drug charges as party to a crime.
Rietz was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison and five years of extended supervision; Christophersen was sentenced Feb. 28 to three years in prison and four years of extended supervision and Crittenden was sentenced July 1 to five years in prison plus two years of extended supervision.
According to court records, the four were arrested Sept. 26 as part of a drug investigation by the Northeast Tri-County Drug Enforcement Groups assisted by the Peshtigo Police Department, Marinette Police Department and sheriff departments from Marinette County and Menominee, Mich.
The arrests followed a tip that the two men from Milwaukee were in the area attempting to sell heroin. Investigation followed. Authorities were led to the apartment of Rietz in Woodland Manor where video security footage showed two men exiting a car and going to the apartment. A search warrant was obtained and executed which found four persons in the apartment of Rietz. The search found $1,927 in currency, heroin, spoons with black marks, needles, drug record book, syringes, baggies and napkins.