Man Whose Daughter Was Attacked By Dogs Gets Deferred Sentence For Marijuana
Joe | Sep 19, 2012 | Comments 0
Back in February we told you about a man who was facing marijuana charges after his daughter was attacked by 4 bulldogs and he called the police to report the incident. We can now report he won’t be serving any jail time for the plants.
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The father of a 7-year-old girl who was attacked by four bulldogs near Marion last December has been given a five-year deferred sentence for his role in a marijuana grow operation discovered by police investigating the mauling.
The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/QmLxdA ) 30-year-old Jonathon Banonis of Red Lodge was sentenced Sept. 13 in District Court in Kalispell. He pleaded guilty in June to felony criminal manufacture of dangerous drugs.
Police responding to the attack discovered 71 marijuana plants and growing equipment in a shed on property Banonis was leasing to Timothy Standiford and Rachael Clarke.
Standiford has pleaded guilty to negligent endangerment and given a one-year suspended sentence. Clarke is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on drug possession and negligent endangerment charges. Both were initially charged with criminal manufacture of dangerous drugs.
As I remarked back in February, this case highlights the fact that there are probably many crimes that go unreported because people are afraid of being caught with weed. Yet another in a long, long list of drawbacks from prohibition.