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Former Antigo principal/coach takes plea deal on drug charge

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LANGLADE COUNTY (WAOW) -

A former Antigo principal and coach has now admitted involvement in a major drug ring.

As part of a deal, 48-year-old John Lund pleaded guilty to one charge of manufacturing or delivering THC. That's the main ingredient in marijuana.

It's an investigation that spanned multiple counties and involved numerous educators. Close to one year after he was originally charged, John Lund now admits his guilt as part of a deal with prosecutors. 

"By resolving it this way, we were able to avoid a three day jury trial, significant expenses to the county and time, and to assure that we would get a conviction," Langlade County District Attorney Ralph Uttke told Newsline 9.

Lund was both a principal and coach in Antigo. In court, he pleaded guilty to one charge of manufacturing or delivering THC.

Neither Lund nor his attorney wanted to comment. But the DA says he already has his recommendation for a sentence in mind.

"I will be requesting six months in the county jail, which is the same amount Scot Peterson received," Uttke.

Peterson and Lund were among more than a dozen people involved in this investigation.

The Langlade County Sheriff says this has really taken a toll on the community. The DA agrees, saying that this plea agreement is a helpful step moving forward.

"It has divided the community because he was an exceptional teacher and principal and coach. And he has a very strong group of supporters," Uttke said.

But on the other hand, that's why the DA says Lund should be held accountable.

"I believe that there are a number of people in the community who believe we hold people of that position to a high level of conduct, and he violated that," Uttke said.

The DA told me he will also be recommending three years probation on top of the time behind bars.
As part of the agreement, six other felony counts were dismissed. Lund will learn his sentence when he heads back to court in March.

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