SIOUX CITY - A 51-year-old Emmetsburg man will spend 10 years in the federal correctional system following his sentencing last week on drug conspiracy charges. According to court records from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Michael Kesterson was handed a sentence of 10 years in federal prison after he entered a guilty plea on March 15, 2012 to charges of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.
U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett handed down the sentence on Tuesday, June 12. In addition to the 120 months incarceration, Kesterson was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $100, and must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the completion of his prison term. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
During his plea hearing in March of this year, Kesterson admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that ran from 2009 through April of 2011 that resulted in the distribution of at least 50 grams of pure methamphetamine. Kesterson also admitted that on March 2, 2011, he purchased around 3.4 grams of crystal methamphetamine from an individual that law enforcement later seized after observing Kesterson travel to and from the individual's residence.
Kesterson is currently being held in the custody of the United States Marshal's Service pending transportation to the federal prison system.
During the prosecution of Kesterson, prosecutors noted that Kesterson had previously been convicted of delivery of three grams or less of methamphetamine in the Iowa District Court for Emmet County in November of 2009.
U.S. Attorney Shawn S. Wehde prosecuted the case and received assistance in the investigative phase of the case from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office, Emmetsburg Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff's Office.