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UPDATE: Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Growing Marijuana

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UPDATE 10/24/2013 12:15 PM

A Washington County man is sentenced to over three years in prison after pleading guilty to growing marijuana.

William Keel is sentenced to 41 months in prison.

He plead guilty in the middle of his trial last month on two different counts for the cultivation of marijuana.

Keel had denied all charges in the beginning then right in the middle of his trial last month, in a twist, Keel pleaded guilty to the charges after hearing what new evidence the prosecutors had.

Back in 2012 deputies found the plants throughout his property, including his garden, inside his house, and in a nearby field off School House Road in Little Hocking.

Keel is also fined over $6,000.
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UPDATE 9:15 PM

The trial started yesterday and it stopped this morning, when William Keel pleaded guilty.

Washington County Prosecutors say Keel pleaded guilty in the middle of the trial this morning to two counts of the cultivation of marijuana after hearing what new evidence from the prosecutors.

Back in 2012, deputies found the plants while executing a search warrant in his garden, inside his house, and in a nearby field off school house road in little hocking.

Prosecutor Kevin Rings says the defendant was telling other witnesses to lie and threatening them. A defense witness came to them with recordings.

"He had video and audio recordings of the defendant. A series of recording of the defendant engaged in what appeared to be, conversations with other defense witnesses and during these conversations he was telling them what they should be testifying," said Rings.

Keel was found not guilty back in June of possessing weapons while under illegal disability and prosecutors are looking into that case.

Prosecutors are also looking into additional charges with this case such as, tampering with evidence, intimidation of a witness, complicity to commit purgery.

Keel's sentencing is scheduled for October 24 at 8 A.M.
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The trial started Monday and it stopped Tuesday morning when William Keel pleaded guilty

Washington County Prosecutors say Keel plead guilty in the middle of the trial Tuesday morning to two counts of cultivation of marijuana.

Prosecutor Kevin Rings says the defendant was telling other witnesses to lie

Back in 2012, deputies found the plants while executing a search warrant in his garden, inside his house, and in a nearby field off School House Road in Little Hocking.

Prosecutor Rings says they will be looking into additional charges

Keel's sentencing is scheduled for October 24 at 8 a.m.


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