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Ex-Antigo principal sentenced to 90 days in jail

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The courtroom was filled with tears, as friends and family members heard John Lund's punishment: 90 days in jail and 18 months of probation.

"I'm sorry because I let you down," said John Lund.

The former Antigo principal and coach apologized for his involvement in a drug investigation that led to the arrests of several area educators.

"My neighbors, my coach, co-workers, family, I also want to apologize to each and every one of you if you'll accept it, for being here," said Lund.

Some of Lund's family, friends and former players testified about his character and asked the court to be lenient with his sentence.

"There's nothing that this court can do, to protect the public, I don't think, by punishing him any further," said Lund's Attorney, Henry Schultz.

But prosecutors argued that just because Lund had been a positive member of the community, didn't mean he could break the law.

Prosecutors said Lund had admitted to smoking marijuana since he was 16.

"Educators need to lead by example, coaches need to lead by example they are the role models for our children," said Langlade Co. District Attorney, Ralph Uttke.

The judge agreed and said he wanted to send a clear message that marijuana is illegal.

Lund said he'd learned his lesson.

"I hope you'll forgive me, and I hope you'll still be with me," said Lund.

The judge said Lund was a good man, who did a very bad thing.

Lund's probation also requires that he complete 200 hours of community service.

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The former Antigo elementary school principal and high school football coach, accused in a drug case, is sentenced to 90 days in jail.

John Lund was convicted of one count of manufacturing or delivering marijuana.

A judge ordered Lund to perform 200 hours of community service and placed him on 18 months probation. 

Prosecutors charged the 48-year-old Lund in an investigation that led to the arrests of several Central Wisconsin educators.

During the hearing today, Lund apologized and said he's sorry for letting people down.

In a deal with prosecutors, Lund pleaded guilty to the drug charge and six other felony counts were dismissed.

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