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Kentucky men plead guilty to attempting to grow pot in an Iowa corn field

Eugene Burnett Eugene Burnett
Kelly Burnett Kelly Burnett

Two Kentucky men have pleaded guilty to growing marijuana in an Iowa corn field.

Eugene Cecil Burnett, 59, and his son, Kelly Eugene Burnett, 28, both from Monticello, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to grow or attempt to grow over 100 marijuana plants.

At the plea hearing, the Burnetts admitted they were unloading marijuana to plant in a corn field on June 23, 2008, when the field's owner showed up. Eugene Burnett drove off with Kelly Burnett in the truck bed leaving behind other co-conspirators. Officers seized 465 marijuana plants from the ditch where the truck had been parked.

An Iowa County Sheriff's Deputy later stopped the Burnett's truck on I-80. Eugene Burnett ran away and left his son behind in the truck bed with five trays containing 506 marijuana plants.

The marijuana plants in the truck were in identical trays to the ones found in the ditch where the truck had been parked. Officers also say they found a map to a field around the corner from where the Burnetts were caught planting and discovered an additional 965 marijuana plants there.

The Burnetts were taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. They face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years' imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years' imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine each, $100 in special assessments each, and 4 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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