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Pot grower sent to prison

More criminal charges possible

October 25, 2013

A Little Hocking man was sentenced Thursday to nearly three and a half years in prison on charges of marijuana cultivation and will likely face more charges for allegedly urging a witness to lie for......

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TheKid

Oct-27-13 12:23 PM

Tessie,

If your so much better at doing police work get out there and do it. Alot of people criticize the cops and bash them. well guess what, at least they are doing something.

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Tessie

Oct-26-13 10:02 AM

ExofDevola, you're right that it is illegal in Ohio at this time, however the courts and law enforcement have choices to make in sentencing. They give light sentences to those with drug offenses who they can "turn" into confidential informants, which is the answer to sloppy, manipulative police work. Apparently Mr. Keel can't or won't inform on another person, so he is slammed with a fairly severe prison sentence.

The courts and law enforcement need to re-frame their zero tolerance mindset to using discretion in arrests and sentencing. Mr. Keel's crime was not one of violence or harm to person or property. It's the people who do harm to other people or living things, or great harm to property, burglary, arson, who should be in prison.

Read George Kelling's opinion about discretion for a more informed opinion

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exofDevola

Oct-25-13 6:54 PM

If one wants to smoke or grow marijuana , move to a state where there are no penalties. In ohio, like it ir not ,it is still illegal. Mr. Keel is solvent so he must pay a fine. That is what the judge dee Ed he could afford. His attorney says he has no savings and just owns property with his wife. He also mentions the possible problem with him finding a job after a conviction for marijuana. Maybe if this was such a pertinent issue, mr Keel should have considered it before he started growing his plants.

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Privatized

Oct-25-13 2:49 PM

The witch hunt continues... But enjoy it while it lasts, because it WILL come to an end. Just a matter of time.

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clickhere

Oct-25-13 2:49 PM

Turk.....I also see alcohol as one of the "devils drugs." Just think of the millions of lives destroyed by alcohol alone! And just because it's legal it's OK.

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jeepman121

Oct-25-13 1:06 PM

3 years for another man molesting a 12 year old... - 3 1/2 years for a guy growing pot?? I'm speechless.

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bwc511

Oct-25-13 12:47 PM

WASCO sheriff probably could have found more plants if he just would have had that armored vehicle to parade through all that brush and protect him from all the danger surrounding those plants.

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turk024

Oct-25-13 12:12 PM

prison time for a man growing a flower that helps many people in life. But yet we let doctors push pills on people in this area and they get nothing along with the h dealers who just snitch to get out of the charges. Its time people need to wake up and see that man made chemicals are the devils drug. Pills equal one overdose every 19mins in the united states, Cannabis a big zero overdoses. That is a fact

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hockeypuck

Oct-25-13 11:16 AM

Another stupid criminal!

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Tessie

Oct-25-13 11:15 AM

There was a survey in the Times recently about whether the State of Ohio needs to build more prisons. This case clearly illustrates the problem with our prison system. What good will come out of putting this man in prison for growing marijuana? All of the charges stem from him growing a plant. Legalize it , and be done with it. 58% of the voting public believe it should be legalized. I imagine another 20-30% would too if they knew the facts about marijuana. The remainder? Well they're just victims of the "Reefer Madness" mentality.

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RealityInTheMOV

Oct-25-13 8:24 AM

THEY CENSOR H ER OIN?!?! GOOD GOD!!!

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RealityInTheMOV

Oct-25-13 8:22 AM

Wow, glad this highly dangerous criminal is off the streets. Good grief, with all the pills, meth, ******, etc running around this area, do we really need to spend valuable tax dollars chasing after a completely harmless plant?

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NasCarNut

Oct-25-13 8:21 AM

Wow, trying to get your kid to take the blame; another Scumbag...

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turk024

Oct-25-13 7:26 AM

Legalize it!! 420 for life

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