On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte sentenced 34-year-old David G. DePriest to 22 years in prison for production of marijuana, possession of more than five grams of marijuana and unlawful possession of a weapon. Natalie DePriest, age 36, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for production of marijuana and possession of more than five grams of marijuana. Both lived in Farmington at the time of their arrest on the charges.
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Brother, sister get prison time for pot operation
The prosecutor discusses the state’s position
Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte sentenced 34-year-old David G. DePriest to 22 years in prison for production of marijuana, possession of more than five grams of marijuana and unlawful possession of a weapon. Natalie DePriest, age 36, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for production of marijuana and possession of more than five grams of marijuana.
A brother and sister will be going to prison for a while for growing marijuana in their apartment.
While they were sentenced separately, both were represented by Attorney Dan Viets, who is chairman of Show Me Cannabis and the state coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
While the Probation and Parole’s Sentencing Assessment Report found a prior felony for a similar offense for David DePriest while he was in the military, DePriest denied having such a conviction. The DePriests also denied police claims that the officers found marijuana sales ledgers.
King said they have been minimizing their operation since the moment they were arrested.
Viets said 12 plants and eight baby sprouts in a closet are not a large operation. He added that during the search, no money was found and the weapon that was “illegal” was a quarter of an inch shorter than allowable by law. He added that David DePriest’s drug tests since his arrest have come back clean.
As Viets began to talk about polls and how the majority of Americans feel about legalizing marijuana, Judge Pratte interrupting saying “the law is the law.” Viets said the courts do recognize that marijuana is a less dangerous substance than other drugs. Continuing his arguments for a prison sentence, King said that this was not an isolated incident but rather a long-time planned operation.
After the judge imposed the sentence, Viets asked if the judge would consider sentencing through a 120-day drug treatment program where DePriest would have a chance of being released on five years of probation after completing the 120-day treatment program in prison. The judge said no.