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Sen.’s Son Sentenced to Jail

May 27, 2000

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) _ The son of Sen. Rod Grams was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail for borrowing a friend’s car, forging checks in her name and using her credit card without her consent.

Morgan Grams pleaded guilty to all three charges earlier this month. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

While in court for the sentencing, he was arrested for failing to appear in court on charges stemming from a separate incident, in which he is accused of destroying property and disorderly conduct at a convenience store.

In July, Grams was stopped in a borrowed rental vehicle after his father called the sheriff for help finding his son. A deputy found 10 bags of marijuana and several beer cans in the vehicle. He was not asked about the items, leading to questions about whether he received special treatment because of his father’s position.

Following an outside investigation, Morgan Grams pleaded guilty in February to a misdemeanor marijuana charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 86 days stayed and credit for four days served.

The investigation uncovered no evidence he received special treatment by authorities. It also absolved the older Grams of any wrongdoing.

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