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Pot Farmer Gets Prison Time


A Kentucky man who came to Iowa to grow marijuana in the state's corn fields has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison.

Cecil Burnett, of Monticello, Ky., was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to grow more than 100 marijuana plants.

The 60-year-old man admitted he traveled with his son, Kelly, and another man, David Criswell, to Iowa in 2008 to plant marijuana.

Authorities found 465 marijuana plants in one field and 500 more plants in a pickup truck during a traffic stop on Interstate 80. Another 877 marijuana plant were later found in a different farm field.

Kelly Burnett was sentenced earlier to five years in prison. Criswell was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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