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MMA ref gets 37 months for marijuana-growing operation
Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
Veteran MMA referee Josh Rosenthal on Tuesday was sentenced to 37 months in prison, three years' probation and a $100 fee for his role in a large-scale pot operation in Oakland, Calif.
The sentence matches the prison time recommended in a January plea deal Rosenthal copped with federal prosecutors, though it shaves two years off probation.
Without a deal, Rosenthal faced 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years' probation.
A representative for U.S. District Court judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, who issued the sentence, confirmed Rosenthal's punishment with MMAjunkie.com. Rosenthal's attorney could not be reached for comment.
Rosenthal was arrested in April 2012 after federal agents raided an Oakland warehouse owned by Rosenthal and an associate that contained 1,356 marijuana plants worth an estimated $6 million. He initially pleaded not guilty to drug charges.
Despite his trouble with the law, Rosenthal officiated a pair of MMA events in Utah and California over the past two months. He earlier declined comment on his case.
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com
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