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Kentucky men plead guilty to growing pot in Iowa corn field

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Two Kentucky men who were caught trying to grow marijuana in an Iowa corn field pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday.

Eugene Cecil Burnett, 59, and his son, 28-year-old Kelly Eugene Burnett, both from Monticello, Kentucky, were convicted of conspiracy to grow or attempt to grow over 100 marijuana plants.

According to court documents, the Burnetts admitted they were preparing to plant marijuana in a corn field on June 23, 2008, when the field's owner approached.

The Burnetts fled the scene and were eventually stopped on I-80 by an Iowa County Sheriff's deputy, but Eugene fled on foot.  He was eventually caught.

Officers found 465 marijuana plants from the ditch, 506 from the truck and 965 plants in another field.  A map to that field was found in a co-conspirator's hotel room.

A sentencing date has not been set, but each face 5 to 40 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine and four years of supervised release.

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