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Crime & Courts

Woodstock man pleads guilty to 2 pounds of pot, weapons charge

WOODSTOCK – Plants taken by police from a Woodstock man’s property ended up being weeds, not weed.

Anthony Jayne, however, did accept a plea deal Thursday, pleading guilty to possession of more than two pounds of marijuana that was found on his property and to a weapons charge.

Jayne was sentenced to two years of probation and 14 days in jail. In addition, a 90-day jail term will be stayed, meaning he will not have to serve it if he successfully completes the terms of his probation.

Jayne, 54, was charged in May with multiple felony counts after McHenry County sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at his property at 11813 Lucas Road. They found 43 suspected marijuana plants, 1,151 grams of marijuana, a shotgun, a small-caliber rifle, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, scales and packaging material, authorities said.

When the plants were sent to a lab, they tested negative for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, Assistant State’s Attorney Carlene Kay said. But marijuana was found in a feed bin on Jayne’s property, she said.

Jayne’s attorney, Henry Sugden, said his client always maintained that the confiscated plants were just regular weeds. The marijuana that was found was for depression, Sugden said.

Jayne also was charged with owning animals for sport fighting. Twenty-two roosters were found on the property and authorities alleged they were used for fighting because the combs had been removed and spurs trimmed on most of them.

The man who cared for the birds, Arthur E. Johnson, went to trial in August and the charges against him were tossed by a judge.

The roosters, which Johnson said had been used for show, not fighting, were euthanized.

Besides the birds, plants and marijuana, deputies also seized nearly $90,000 from Jayne’s property.

As part of his plea deal, Jayne forfeited about $12,250 of the money and was fined $2,000. He had documentation for the rest of the money through his roofing business, Kay said.

Jayne and Johnson also faced marijuana charges in 2010. Jayne pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation; Johnson’s case is scheduled for trial next week.

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