SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with distributing methamphetamine in South Dakota has been sentenced to life in prison.

Fifty-one-year-old Viengxay Chantharath of Worthington, Minn., was indicted in September for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of meth. He was found guilty after a five-day trial.

Chantharath was one of 17 people charged in the case. The U.S. attorney’s office says 11 people have pleaded guilty, two await trial, two are fugitives and one awaits sentencing.

Authorities say Chantharath traveled from Worthington to Sioux Falls on several occasions and distributed meth from local motels.

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Comments (4)
  1. The Editor says:

    That seems like an excessive sentence. There must be more to it.

    In the journalism business we call that ‘shoddy reporting’.

    1. Brett says:

      Doesn’t sound excessive to me. He probably did this for years before he was taken down. We need more of that here in MN.

  2. Bob says:

    you would certainly think he must have an extensive criminal record to warrant that sentence

  3. Debbie says:

    yeah i hope there’s more to the story considering i just read about a guy who murdered his girlfriend recently and was just sentenced in hennepin county court to 12 years.

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