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Man pleads guilty to marijuana cultivation near Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. β€” A 51-year-old man accused of growing hundreds of marijuana plants last year at a Berkeley County, W.Va., property pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of cultivation of marijuana in circuit court, records said.

Daniel A. Thompson faces a maximum one to five-year prison sentence as part of a plea agreement that was reached in the case, records said.

Thompson is scheduled to be sentenced June 4 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Michael D. Lorensen, who has discretion in sentencing, Berkeley County Assistant Prosecutor Cheryl Saville said after Thursday’s change of plea hearing.

Thompson was released from custody on a post-conviction bond pending sentencing.

West Virginia State Police troopers seized more than 600 marijuana plants from property in the 3000 block of Golf Course Road east of Martinsburg in July 2017, according to court records.

The property owner told police that the defendant was her son, but also indicated that she didn’t have knowledge of the marijuana cultivation, court records said.

The plea agreement reached in Thompson’s case also indicates that the state and defendant have agreed that the marijuana was being cultivated by the defendant, records said.

SOURCE: HEARALDMAILMEDIA.COM

Man pleads guilty to marijuana cultivation near Martinsburg

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