A split-second decision that this bud was for him could cost Carl Clinton Maiden up to two years in a federal prison.
Maiden, 63, told U.S. District Court Judge Gregory VanTatenhove Thursday he didn’t plant the 297 marijuana plants law enforcement found in his cornfield in Knox County. But, when he found the plants, he decided to take some of the buds for his own use.
According to the indictment, on Aug. 1, 2008, law enforcement located the marijuana plants and went to the nearby house belonging to Maiden. Though Maiden denied any knowledge of the marijuana, law enforcement recovered muddy boots at the home that were later matched to footprints found in the cornfield around the marijuana plants.
Maiden was indicted on one count of producing 100 or more marijuana plants.
Maiden signed a plea agreement in August to an amended charge of possession of marijuana. He faces 15 days to two years in prison, up to one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 fine.
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