Goodman man sentenced in marijuana grow arrest


Staff Writer

MARINETTE, Wis. – A Goodman, Wis. man who was arrested in a marijuana bust last year with his father has been sentenced to jail time already served and probation.

Taylor Franklin, 22, was ordered Monday to serve 119 days in jail with credit for 119 days already served. He will also serve two years of probation, during which he must obtain or maintain employment, not consume alcohol or controlled substances, pay a $500 fine, and comply with other conditions.

If Franklin does not successfully complete his probation, he will have to serve his imposed and stayed sentence of one and a half years in prison followed by two years of extended supervision.

Franklin was sentenced in Marinette County Court on one felony count of manufacture or deliver marijuana-between 200 and 1,000 grams.

The charge stems from a May 31, 2013 incident at the residence in Goodman that Franklin shared with his father, Patrick Franklin.

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve said that his department, the Marinette Police Department, and agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice executed a search warrant at the residence after receiving reports of suspicious activity from neighbors.

Neighbors claimed that the Franklins would transport large bags out of their home during the nighttime hours, cover their windows with dark material, and constantly check cameras installed on their property.

Authorities seized 279 marijuana plants, 24 ounces of processed marijuana, about $19,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia, firearms, and two vehicles as a result of the search warrant, said Sauve.

Patrick Franklin was sentenced last year to jail time and probation for his part in the crime.

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