Prosecutor recommends 10 years for ex-pot provider

2013-01-15T12:43:00Z 2013-02-01T13:18:04Z Prosecutor recommends 10 years for ex-pot providerThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 15, 2013 12:43 pm  • 

HELENA — A prosecutor is recommending 10 years in prison for a former medical marijuana provider who struck a plea deal after he was convicted on eight drug and weapons charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Thaggard said in his sentencing memo that Chris Williams should serve consecutive five-year sentences for the two charges to which he pleaded guilty.

Williams is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, which is what his attorney is requesting from U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen.

Williams will be sentenced Feb. 1 for his role as head of Montana Cannabis' Helena greenhouse.

Montana Cannabis was among the marijuana providers raided in a 2011 federal crackdown.

Williams decided to go to trial but made a deal after the jury's verdict left him facing at least 80 years in prison.

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  1. stego's
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    stego's - January 15, 2013 9:46 pm
    Feds try to take as many down as they can before there programs are defunked.
  2. Howard Wilkinson
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    Howard Wilkinson - January 15, 2013 9:19 pm
    This is nothing but a "show of force" by the federal government. A truly contemptible series of actions that serve no other purpose but to demonstrate that the authority of the federal government is superior to that of the state. That is supersedes "the will of the people". It is a demonstration that our federal government is an alien entity that RULES the people rather than serving the people as it was constituted to do. There is no overriding national interest in this case. It is nothing but a meaningless show of force that can do nothing but earn the contempt of the governed!! The judge, prosecutor, and jury in this case deserve nothing but our absolute contempt! These men were operating under the HIGHEST LAW OF THE LAND. Law that originated from the people, was voted on by the people, and passed by the people!! Lives are being destroyed to show authority... This is shameful and wrong!! Losing the "hearts and minds" of the people is idiotic... foolish!!!
  3. notfadeaway
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    notfadeaway - January 15, 2013 6:25 pm
    Usually we look at goofy crap like this in our history books and ask how weird those times must have been.
  4. Chaak
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    Chaak - January 15, 2013 5:55 pm
    I agree with home stretch. this case is a waste of time and money that could have been used to actually make all the perves and woman beaters pay for their crimes. the so called justice system fails again.
  5. home stretch
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    home stretch - January 15, 2013 1:52 pm
    Why are we going to feed, clothe and house this guy for following Montana law?????

    Why is this prosecutor insisting on spending our tax dollars on someone who was following state law?

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