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Appling pleads guilty, gets 10 years for pot
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 17, 2014 | 1233 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Investigators found potted marijuana plants in the back yard of Vaughn Appling after a tip from a forester.
Investigators found potted marijuana plants in the back yard of Vaughn Appling after a tip from a forester.
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A Jones County man who was discovered with 29 potted marijuana plants in his back yard entered a guilty plea to the crime in Superior Court last week.

Vaughn Gene Appling received a 10-year sentence for the offense of the manufacturing of marijuana Feb. 6. His sentence may be served on probation.

The plea was entered under the first offender act, which means if he successfully completes his probation, he will not have a felony record.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Wright Barksdale, who told the court that Appling was growing marijuana in his back yard.

The defendant was represented by attorney William Noland.

Superior Court Judge James Cline accepted the plea and asked Appling if he was an agriculture teacher.

The judge also remarked that, if plants are not harvested, it is not a successful season, and asked the defendant if he had crop insurance.

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