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Man linked to fire pleads guilty to meth charge

A Mitchell man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possessing meth.

Robert Pomani, 33, changed his plea to guilty on the count of possession of a controlled substance Tuesday in Davison County court.

As part of a plea deal, a reckless burning felony charge related to the crime, that alleged Pomani set fire to Mitchell house last October, was dropped.

Pomani's attorney, Keith Goehring, said an agreement has been reached to have Pomani pay restitution for the house based on fair-market value.

The possession of meth charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Pomani admitted to having meth in his house around Oct. 17, 2013, and that he had other drug paraphernalia, as well.

A request to modify Pomani's bond was denied by Judge Tim Bjorkman. But Pomani, who has served about 200 days in jail, is being given a work search furlough to look for a court-approved job due to a good work history, and to spend time with his newborn son.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12.