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After months in jail, Last Place on Earth owner to be sentenced


Jim Carlson has been sitting in jail for months.

The convicted former head shop owner, now infamous for his store in downtown Duluth called Last Place on Earth, was convicted in October on more than 50 federal counts related to selling synthetic drugs. Yet he still hasn't been sentenced.

That will change next month however.

Northland's News Center reports the 57-year-old's sentencing is scheduled for August 14 in Minneapolis.

Carlson, the Duluth News Tribune reports, is likely facing anywhere from 20 to 40 years in prison, but his attorney Randall Tigue tells the paper they will likely file an appeal. Tigue also says the long gap between Carlson's conviction and sentencing is likely because historically, very few similar cases have reached this stage, the paper reports.

Tigue actually requested way back in November that Carlson be released from jail prior to his sentencing, but that was denied. Before that, he also filed for a new trial.

A federal jury convicted Carlson on 51 counts related to the sale of illegal and misbranded drugs.

Carlson maintained he was selling nothing illegal. The products were sold as incense or bath salts and some were labelled as not for human consumption, but prosecutors argued Carlson and his employees knew they were selling recreational drugs.

His son Joseph Gellerman and girlfriend Lava Haugen were also found guilty on multiple counts relating to synthetic drugs.

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