Bonner County Daily Bee
SANDPOINT -- A California transplant convicted of running a subterranean marijuana growing operation in southern Bonner County was given a 5- to 10-year prison sentence on Friday.
"Please don't take my life away," Arthur Gary Jackson implored just moments before District Judge Steve Verby issued the sentence.
Verby explained that a lesser sentence would depreciate the offense of marijuana trafficking and serve as an ineffective deterrant for others who harbor notions of growing and selling pot. And while Jackson's record is devoid of prior felonies, Verby noted the defendant's sophisticated growing operation put him on the track of a professional criminal.
This is not really news because this kind of thing happens every day, but I thought the Judge's justification of the sentence was interesting.