Thursday, October 21, 2010

UPDATE: MMJ grower to plead guilty

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

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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.

——- ORIGINAL POST: 2:43 P.M., THURSDAY ——-

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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