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Bel Air pot grower sentenced to prison

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March 27, 2000
Web posted at: 9:04 p.m. EST (0204 GMT)

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- One of two men arrested in 1997 for growing some 4,000 marijuana plants at a Bel Air mansion has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Todd McCormick, 29, and Peter McWilliams, 50, organized a scheme to cultivate and harvest large amounts of marijuana in the back yard of a rented mansion in Bel Air, an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood that features some of the largest and most elegant homes in Los Angeles.

McCormick, who projected earnings of between $710,000 and $999,000 annually from his crop, was sentenced Monday to five years. McWilliams is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on May 22.

Both had pleaded guilty to one federal count of conspiring to create a commercial marijuana cultivation operation.

On July 29, 1997, Los Angeles sheriff's deputies raided the house and found 4,116 marijuana plants. At the time of the bust, McCormick claimed he was only trying to develop new strains of cannabis to ease the pain of people living with cancer and AIDS.

McCormick himself claimed to have been diagnosed with a rare bone cancer when he was age 2 and said he began using marijuana with his mother's permission when he was 9.

In November 1996, California voters passed proposition 215, which allows people with a doctor's prescription to possess and use marijuana for medical purposes. This conflicts with federal law, which prohibits marijuana possession.



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