TOMS RIVER – Activists smoked marijuana out of a water pipe in front of the Ocean County Courthouse Friday without repercussions, but they couldn’t save a Mays Landing man from an eight-year prison term for growing 17 cannabis plants in the Pinelands.
Still, the prison term Jon Peditto received for operating a marijuana production facility is lower than the 10-year minimum term for the crime he was convicted of in October.
Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney gave 54-year-old Jon Peditto a break, sentencing him for a less serious crime.
The judge said that despite Peditto’s rudeness to him and prosecutors during his trial last year, he found enough mitigating factors to cut him a break.
“The man I saw was a man who admitted smoking marijuana since he was 15 years old,’’ Blaney said of Peditto. “Some of his cognitive brain functions seem to be affected.”
As yet ( 1 Feb 2016) the judgement is not yet published
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