Ex-WV Teacher Sentenced To 5 Years On Pot Charge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by CRazy Location: Parkersburg on May 28, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    This is nuts. 5 years for growing some pot is insane. I wonder what the guy will serve who was just released on the disgustingly low 25,000 bond. I bet less than 5 years. Marijuana laws are so screwed up and are an enormous waste of taxpayer money.
  • by ear on May 27, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    mother you really need to be educated... cigs and alcohol are much worse then pot... and they are the gateway drugs. pot is illegal for 1 simple fact. it cannot be controled by the government... yes they can tax it but if its legal ppl would be growing it theirself which equals no tax on it.. the money that is spent every year on stopping pot is in the billions... and that comes out of taxpayers pocket... no violent crimes come from pot..... before you try to argue that understand that money is what causes violent crimes.... if you want proof that you are really uneducated just do some research on the internet instead of voicing your narrow minded opinion because thats what the man wants you to believe. 5 years for growing pot is as radiculas as mothers post. get educated!
  • by Manny Location: Pburg on May 27, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    Yep she is one vicous criminal, taxpayers should be out $100,000 plus to keep her in jail. Hey maybe we can be just like Iran, take her out and hang her,,,, no better yet, cut her head off in the town square, yes, that is the answer! Dont educate people out of poverty, put them in prisons to be their college of choice so they can learn real crime.....and probably have some sex ed at the same time. And we wonder why others outside of our wonderful state think we are closed minded red necks. I know a lot of folks that smoke pot, young and old, doesnt seem to ruin their lives, seems to make them a little fatter because as we all know, weed will make you addicted to potato chips and suckers. I read once where the illegal drug tade generate more money than GM, Ford and Chrysler combined, just think of the schools and hospitals that could be built with the taxes on that revenue. Wake up, its never going away, so deal with it people.
  • by Victor on May 27, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    Wow. Frow away key and lock up. Tee hee.
  • by mother Location: marietta on May 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Smoking Marijuana ruins lives, just as drinking alcohol can. I have a lot of aquaintences that smoke pot, but none of their addictions stop there, they ALL do other drugs as well. They do anything they can get their hands on, prescription or other wise. They love marijuana because it is so accessible in the Ohio valley. Whats wrong with living a clean life and dealing with your problems without having to turn to drugs and alcohol? In my opinion, this woman can rot in prison, because if she is growing it, I can guarantee she is selling it, and ruining lives. AND THAT IS WRONG, NOT JUST AGAINST THE LAW.
  • by Manny Location: Pburg on May 27, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    Thats the problem with todays society, we demonize plants that God put on earth and use them to put people like teachers we need in prison. What if it was discovered that you could smoke Oak tree leafs and get buzzed, would we pass laws to eradicate all Oak tress and imprison anybody who grew them? Legalize weed and tax it. Alcohol and cigs are legal and in my opinion are much worse, certainly alcohol has led to many more deaths than pot heads smoking themselves to sleep! Five years in jail @ $55 a day is $100,375, sounds like a real poor deal for the tax payers doesnt it. All over a weed that grows wild. The US is turning into a prison culture. The war on drugs can never be won, its time to surrender and treat it as a medical problem instead of using prison space for non violent offenders. Wake up America!!!
  • by ????? Location: Parkersburg on May 27, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    OMG! this lady is gonna go to prison for 5 years for plants?!?! this is absolutely rediculous! I know this guy who went to court yesterday for threatining to kill his 15 year old stepson and all he got was a year probation! now tell me that's not rediculous! the judicial system sucks:(
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