During the two-day trial, Clay County Trial Deputy Chou-Il Lee and Prosecutor Lee Reberger had the "strict and heavy burden" of presenting the State's evidence and allegations against Timothy Steuerwald.
Steuerwald was charged with B felony dealing methamphetamine, D felony possession of methamphetamine and one D felony maintaining a common nuisance stemming from an incident where a confidential informant (CI) worked with the Clay County Sheriff's Department to make a "controlled buy/exchange" of pseudoephedrine pills for methamphetamine at his home on July 10, 2008.
"There might be some inconsistencies in this case -- I admit to them -- but it's not wrong," Lee told the jury during the summation. "The defense would have you pick and choose what evidence they want you to look at. I urge you to look at all the evidence in this case before you make a decision."
Defense Attorney Edward McGlone pointed to questionable police procedures and an alleged conspiracy to frame his client by the CI in his summation.
"Don't let the State make excuses (for the inconsistencies), make them make their cases beyond a reasonable doubt," McGlone said. "The State would have you rely upon the questionable credibility of (a CI) to convict a man of three felonies. When (the CI) makes things up, its hard to keep track of the lies."
The prosecution had the last word.
"McGlone said the State's case was 'smoke and mirrors,' unfortunately for him I've got the law," Lee said. "When the law is applied to this case, the defense presented a theory. This isn't a conspiracy."
After returning a unanimous decision of guilt on all three counts, Clay County Circuit Judge Joseph Trout commended the jurors for their dedication to evaluating all of the evidence.
With his bond revoked, Steuerwald was remanded back into the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department to await further court proceedings.
Trout ordered the Adult Probation department to provide the court with a pre-sentence investigation report in the case and set the sentencing hearing for 10:30 a.m., July 6.
Since Steuerwald was convicted of a class B felony, the court will be able to take into consideration the State's advisory sentence recommendation, which ranges from 6-20 years in prison and potential fines of up to $10,000.
The advisory sentence recommendation for a single conviction of a class D felony is punishable with up to six-months-3 years in prison and potential fines of up to $10,000. The court will determine at the time of sentencing whether the sentences, if applicable, will run consecutive or concurrent.