Ex-WV Teacher Sentenced To 5 Years On Pot Charge

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Point Pleasant, WV (AP) -- A former Mason County school teacher convicted of growing marijuana will spend five years in a federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers sentenced Kathryn Ann Hemetek of Letart earlier this month in federal court in Huntington.

She will serve the sentence at the minimum-security Alderson federal prison camp.

Hemetek was convicted in January of manufacturing marijuana. She plans to appeal the conviction.

Hemetek was a teacher at New Haven Elementary School when she was arrested by state police troopers in July 2005.

The state police says troopers found more than 200 marijuana plants on Hemetek's farm during an annual eradication sweep.

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