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Former Antigo football coach, principal pleads guilty in teacher marijuana ring


ANTIGO, WI (WTAQ) - Former Antigo football coach and elementary principal John Lund pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to one of seven felony drug charges against him.

A Langlade County judge approved a plea deal on the day the 48-year-old Lund was supposed to go on trial.

He was convicted on one count of manufacturing marijuana with the intent to deliver.

The other six charges were dropped – including the manufacturing and selling of pot, and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Lund is scheduled to be sentenced March sixth, and attorneys on both sides agreed not to recommend time in a state prison.

Langlade County District Attorney Ralph Uttke said he would suggest six months in the county jail and three years of probation.  The judge has the final say.

Lund was accused of helping sell marijuana to teachers in Antigo and Merrill. He resigned after he was first charged last January. 

Authorities said the school drug ring was part of a larger business between Wausau and Bass Lake which also sold cocaine.

At least 15 people have been charged.  Most were teachers who were given deferred prosecution agreements. One defendant got six months in jail, and four other people still have their cases pending.