A Minnesota man was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison on Thursday in Linn County Circuit Court for his role in an armed robbery that occurred during a black market marijuana deal gone wrong in Albany last year.
Dalon Darnell Pearson, 26, of Golden Valley, Minnesota, pleaded no contest to first-degree aggravated theft and coercion as part of a negotiated settlement. A charge of first-degree robbery was dropped.
Prosecutor Michael Wynhausen said that a local marijuana grower agreed to a deal and set up an exchange at the Regal Albany 7 Cinemas parking lot on March 16, 2017.
But instead of receiving thousands of dollars, the grower and an acquaintance were approached by Pearson and two other men who brandished firearms. Wynhausen said Pearson did not personally use a firearm.
According to court documents, the value of the marijuana stolen was more than $10,000.
The whereabouts of the two other men involved in the crime are unknown at this time, Wynhausen said, in a brief interview after the plea and sentencing hearing.
Wynhausen added that the large quantity of marijuana was transported out of state.
Pearson was apprehended in Montana with a substantial amount of marijuana, but much less than what was stolen, then extradited back to Oregon.
Thursday’s sentence was greater than normal for theft and coercion charges due to enhanced factors in the case, including that the degree of harm or loss was more significant than typical, and due to the threat of violence to the victim.
During his prison sentence, Pearson will be eligible for good time, earned time and alternative sanctions.