By NIKKI YOUNK
MARINETTE, Wis. - A Goodman, Wis. man who admitted to possessing nearly 300 marijuana plants in his home has been sentenced to serve six months in jail.
Patrick Franklin, 55, also must pay a $500 fine and serve three years of probation, during which he must not consume alcohol or controlled substances, continue with alcohol and drug treatment, and obtain and maintain full-time employment.
If Franklin violates his probation, he will be required to serve a five-year prison sentence consisting of two years of initial confinement and three years of extended supervision.
Franklin was sentenced in Marinette County Court on one felony count of manufacture or deliver marijuana-more than 10,000 grams.
The charge stems 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 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.
Franklin's son, 22-year-old Taylor Franklin, was also arrested as a result of the bust.
Taylor Franklin still faces one felony count of manufacture or deliver marijuana-more than 10,000 grams and one felony count of maintain a drug trafficking place.
A pre-trial conference in the matter is scheduled for Dec. 2, and a two-day jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 17 and 18.
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