A Brownsdale man who was found asleep in his vehicle parked on the main entrance to Gerard Academy in the 1100 block of 28th Street Northeast on the evening of November 19th, 2019 has been sentenced to supervised probation on drug possession and DWI charges in Mower County District Court.
34-year old Elijah Michael Hix was sentenced last Thursday to five years of supervised probation on a felony 5th degree drug possession charge. Hix was granted a statutory stay of adjudication on the charge by Judge Christa Daily where the defendant pleads guilty to a felony level offense, but the judge does not accept the guilty plea. A conviction for a felony is not entered on the defendant’s criminal record, provided he or she successfully completes their probation. Once they successfully complete probation, the charges are dismissed, and their criminal record is clear of any convictions. Hix was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation for a gross misdemeanor charge of DWI, operating a motor vehicle with the body containing any level of Schedule I or II drugs, not marijuana. A 180 day jail sentence was stayed for one year if Hix adheres to the conditions of his probation, and he was given credit for 14 days already served. Hix was also sentenced to a year of supervised probation for a misdemeanor charge of DWI, operating a motor vehicle with the body containing any level of Schedule I or II drugs, not marijuana. A 90 day jail sentence was stayed for a year if Hix complies with the terms of his probation.
Hix pleaded guilty to the charges in October of 2020, and Judge Daily determined that Hix will serve his sentences consecutively. Two other felony 5th degree drug possession charges, a felony charge of 3rd degree possession of methamphetamine in a school zone, a felony charge of 3rd degree possession of amphetamine in a school zone, a misdemeanor charge for no proof of insurance and a petty misdemeanor charge of speeding in the case were all dismissed with Hix’s guilty pleas in the case.