Thursday, October 21, 2010

UPDATE: MMJ grower to plead guilty

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:43 PM


The Denver Post has post-plea updates:

Bartkowicz did not comment when entering the federal courthouse before the hearing but said he would make a statement once the hearing was over. However, Judge Philip Brimmer, at the prosecution's urging, ordered Bartkowicz to be detained at the end of the hearing.

Bartkowicz's attorney, Joseph Saint-Veltri, protested, saying immediate detention wasn't part of the agreement and suggesting the prosecution had ulterior motives for Bartkowicz's detention. Afterward, Saint-Veltri declined to comment other than to hint that Bartkowicz's statement to the media wouldn't have been kind to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


Highlands Ranch marijuana grower Chris Bartkowicz plans to plead guilty, says a 9NEWS report.

The report says that the grower had previously considered taking a plea bargain in April, but decided against it. Prosecutors subsequently asked a grand jury to indict him on additional charges, including maintaining a drug-involved premises and distributing or manufacturing near a school.

And now?

9Wants to Know has learned the guilty plea will likely include prison time.

Chris Bartkowicz' attorney has filed for a change of plea hearing in federal court indicating his client will change his not guilty plea to guilty.

The grower had previously attempted to use Colorado's medical marijuana law as a criminal exception, but the request was tossed by Federal District Judge Philip Brimmer.

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