Plea Deal Calls For 8 Year Prison Sentence in Rochester Drug Case
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man now serving time in prison for aggravated robbery and drug convictions has admitted to another felony drug sales charge.
32-year-old Elvis Porte was able to reach a plea agreement this week with Olmsted County prosecutors and entered a guilty plea to a second-degree drug charge in exchange for the dismissal of a count of first-degree drug sales. The case stems from his arrest in December 2021 following a controlled buy conducted by a Rochester police confidential informant involving nearly 24 grams of methamphetamine.
The plea deal carries a recommended sentence of just under eight years in prison, although Porte will have the opportunity to argue for a lesser punishment at his sentencing hearing next week. Porte is currently serving a nearly 5-year prison sentence at Stillwater State Prison for his previous convictions and was scheduled to be discharged from prison in 2025.
His most notable conviction stemmed from an assault and robbery that occurred at Apache Mall in August 2020. Porte was accused of attacking another man outside the shopping center and punching him several times before fleeing with the victim's backpack. He was also accused of threatening a woman who witnessed the incident when she took out her cell phone to call 911. Following his arrest, Porte told police he was angry at the victim because the man owed him some money.