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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man was sentenced today to a little more than six years in prison for a felony drug conviction.

39-year-old Gregory Garrido Jr. earlier entered a guilty plea to a second-degree drug possession charge. In exchange, Olmsted County prosecutors dropped a first-degree drug charge and a felony domestic assault charge.

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According to court documents, Garrido was charged in late June of this year after Rochester Police responded to a report of a domestic assault and found him arguing woman along a sidewalk in the 700 block of 12th Street Southeast. While speaking with a couple, the criminal complaint says two people from a nearby home told the officers they saw Garrido throw an object into the yard.

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photo by Andy Brownell

The charges indicated 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 court document says officers at the scene ended up collecting two baggies containing more than 63 grams of methamphetamine.

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Another witness, who was the person who called 911, told the officers they saw Garrido chasing the woman and placing her in a chokehold. The officers noted they could see faint red marks on the victim's neck.

Garrido's criminal history includes a second-degree drug conviction in 2018 and two felony convictions for violating no-contact orders in 2021.

Garrido was given credit for the 158 days he spent in jail following his arrest.

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