Second marijuana grow defendant sentenced
5/9/2013 6:00:00 AM
By Doug McMurdo
KINGMAN - Brandon Militello, the man who was arrested in a marijuana grow operation along with Trent Salem, the son of Kingman Mayor John Salem, this week received the same sentence as his co-defendant did two weeks ago.
According to defense attorney Bryan Whitney, Militello, 20, was sentenced to 21 days in the Mohave County jail and three years probation.
Both men had valid medical marijuana cards when they were arrested, but the four-plus pounds of cultivated marijuana, half-pound of hashish and dozens of pot plants police recovered far exceed the law's limits on what a cardholder can possess.
The law allows cardholders to possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana and up to 12 plants.
Originally charged with felony counts of cultivation of marijuana, Militello pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Like Salem, if he successfully completes his probation his conviction will be labeled a misdemeanor rather than a felony.
Judge Derek Carlisle, who also sentenced Salem, indicated at the time he would have sentenced the men to prison a few years ago, but the medical marijuana law and society's evolving attitude toward the drug compelled him to sentence the men in line with "the will of the people."
Militello's father, William Militello, 46, was later arrested in relation to the grow operation. The elder Militello also has a valid medical marijuana card. He has not entered into a plea agreement, according to Whitney.