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Ex-Bison wide receiver gets probation for drug-dealing charge

A former North Dakota State football player who faced a felony drug-dealing charge pleaded guilty to a lesser charge last week and was given probation.

Jordan Schultenover had been charged in May 2009 with possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class B felony with a maximum prison term of 10 years. He was also charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

He pleaded guilty April 12 to a lesser felony, a Class C charge of possession of marijuana that carries a maximum sentence of five years. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor, as well.

Schultenover was sentenced to an 18-month term of supervised probation and given deferred imposition - which means both charges will be wiped from his record if he stays out of trouble while on probation.

Tracy Peters, assistant Cass County state's attorney, said prosecutors were willing to agree to a plea deal because Schultenover provided substantial cooperation that helped in other drug investigations.

The judgment order filed in the sentencing requires Schultenover to "continue to cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors in cases in which he is a witness." Peters declined to discuss the pending cases.

Bruce Quick, the defense attorney for Schultenover, said a requirement to assist authorities is a standard clause in a judgment and declined to discuss his client's cooperation.

"I don't have any comment on that and neither should the prosecutor," he said.

The wide receiver was dismissed from the NDSU football team last year before he was charged. The charges stem from a search warrant in which police found a third of a pound of marijuana in Schultenover's apartment.