Plea Deal For Man Who Tossed a Bag of Meth Onto Rochester Lawn
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man has entered into a plea agreement in a drug case that includes a recommended sentence of more than six years in prison.
39-year-old Gregory Garrido Junior has pleaded guilty to a second-degree drug possession charge in exchange for the dismissal of a first-degree drug charge and a felony domestic assault charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29.
The felony drug charge stems from a Rochester Police response to a report of a domestic assault on the afternoon of June 25. The criminal complaint says officers were sent to the vicinity of the 700 block of 12th Street Southeast and found Garrido arguing with a woman along the sidewalk.
According to the court document, the officers were speaking with the couple when two people emerged from a nearby home and told the officers that Garrido had thrown something into their yard. It indicates one of the officers "walked towards the item and could see from several feet away that it appeared to be a large amount of methamphetamine."
The charges say police collected two baggies containing more than 63 grams of suspected methamphetamine. The officers also spoke with a person who called 911, and they reported seeing Garrido chase in the woman and placing her into a chokehold. The police report on the incident says the officer observed faint red marks on the victim's neck.
Garrido's criminal record includes a prior conviction for a second-degree drug offense in 2018 and two felony convictions for violating no-contact orders in 2021.