By NIKKI YOUNK
MARINETTE, Wis. - One of the two Goodman, Wis. men accused of possessing nearly 300 marijuana plants in their home has accepted a plea deal.
Patrick Franklin, 55, pleaded guilty in Marinette County Court to one felony count of manufacture or deliver marijuana-more than 10,000 grams.
An additional felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place was dismissed, but will be read in for sentencing purposes.
Franklin still faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 13.
The charges against Franklin and his son, 21-year-old Taylor Franklin, stem from a May 31 incident.
Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve said that his department, the Marinette Police Department, and agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice executed a search warrant at the Franklin's residence.
They seized 279 marijuana plants, 24 ounces of processed marijuana, about $19,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia, firearms, and two vehicles, said Sauve.
Taylor Franklin is scheduled for a status conference on the same two felony charges in Marinette County Court on Sept. 24.
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