Three defendants in the case of the Kettle Falls Five were sentenced to federal prison on Friday for growing marijuana in a state where both the medical and recreational use of marijuana are legal under Washington laws.
The defendants are known as the Kettle Falls Five because of their original number. They were convicted earlier this year for growing marijuana on their property near Kettle Falls, Washington in violation of federal law. At the time of their arrest, all four members of the Gregg family faced some medical condition. Larry Harvey, Rolland Gregg’s stepfather had pancreatic cancer. Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, his mother had a variety of painful conditions. Rolland Gregg and his wife Michelle were recovering from various injuries.
All had medical marijuana prescriptions which are legal under state law, and decided to follow state law by growing their own marijuana to save money. They planted what they thought was a legal crop on the family farm, and even put up a big green cross sign so law enforcement would know what they were up to.
The defendants did not dispute that they grew marijuana, but contended they grew less than the government alleged.
Larry Harvey was excused from the case when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and has since died. Family friend Jason Zucker accepted a plea deal from federal prosecutors and testified for the government at trial in exchange for a 16-month penalty.
Rolland Gregg was sentenced to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of probation. His wife, Michelle Gregg, was sentenced to one year in prison and three years probation. Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, was also sentenced to 1 year in prison and three years probation.
The jury exonerated them of more serious charges of distributing marijuana, conspiracy to distribute and firearms charges that carried long prison sentences.
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