California man sentenced to 7 years for marijuana distribution


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Posted Online: Nov. 19, 2012, 8:33 pm
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By Lisa Hammer rlhammer@qconline.com
CAMBRIDGE — Jack Robinson, 20, of Van Nuys, Calif., entered a negotiated guilty plea Thursday to Class X felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, three years mandatory supervised release and ordered to pay various fines and fees, including a $105,000 street value fine.

Charges of Class X cannabis trafficking and Class 1 possession of cannabis were dismissed.

The charges were filed in Henry County District Court on Dec. 2, 2011, after Mr. Robinson was stopped for going 70 in a 65-mile per hour zone, and to check if he was wearing a seat belt, according to testimony at a Dec. 27, 2011, preliminary hearing.

In August, Judge Charles "Casey" Stengel ordered the state to give Mr. Robinson a second chance at accepting a plea offer after his defense attorney didn't warn him the offer would be withdrawn at a pre-trial hearing.Mr. Robinson told the judge he would have accepted the plea offer rather than face up to 60 years in prison at trial.



















 



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