By LISA M. HOFFMANN
IRON MOUNTAIN - A 36-year-old Norway man has pleaded guilty to one count of manufacture of marijuana.
Christopher Bennett entered the plea before Judge Richard Celello on Monday.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards said pursuant to a plea agreement, the charges against Bennett were reduced and a six month jail cap was being recommended.
Bennett pleaded guilty to controlled substance delivery/manufacture of marijuana, a four year felony.
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Christopher Bennett appears in court with his attorney, Beth Lacosse of Menominee, for arraignment in Dickinson County Circuit Court.
Bennett was also charged with possession of analogues, a felony punishable by two years and/or $2,000; and possession of marihuana, a misdemeanor, punishable by one year and/or $2,000. Those two charges will be dismissed at sentencing.
On March 6, Bennett was arrested after 97 marijuana plants were discovered at his residence in Norway.
At his arraignment, Bennett said the plants were originally legal as he had the medical marijuana card, but there was a falling out with his acquaintances and then the grow operation was discovered at his residence.
His home was searched pursuant to his consent, not a search warrant.
Richards said state troopers were in the process of conducting the actual search when, however, there was entry into the residence by Trooper Brian Muladore under the emergency exception of the warrant requirement.
Sentencing was set for Dec. 17 at 9 a.m.
Bennett is being represented by attorney Beth Lacosse of Menominee.
Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.