By NIKKI YOUNK
MARINETTE, Wis. - The second of the two Goodman, Wis. men who were arrested following a marijuana bust at their home has accepted a plea deal.
Taylor Franklin, 22, has pleaded no contest to an amended felony count of manufacture or deliver marijuana-between 200 and 1,000 grams.
Originally, he had been charged with a more serious felony count of manufacture or deliver marijuana-more than 10,000 grams and an additional felony count of maintain a drug trafficking place.
Franklin still faces a maximum penalty of six years in prison when he is sentenced in Marinette County Court on Jan. 31.
Franklin's father, 55-year-old Patrick Franklin, was also arrested in the marijuana bust.
He has already been sentenced to serve six months in jail and three years of probation for his part in the crime. If he violates his probation, he will have to serve two years in prison and three years of extended supervision.
The charges against the Franklins 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 Franklins' residence after receiving reports of suspicious activity from neighbors.
Neighbors claimed that the Franklins would transport large bags out of their home during the nighttime hours, cover their windows with dark material, and constantly check cameras installed on their property.
Authorities seized 279 marijuana plants, 24 ounces of processed marijuana, about $19,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia, firearms, and two vehicles as a result of the search warrant, said Sauve.
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