Prison sentence for growing pot near schools

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SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- A man living in Silverton have been given prison sentences for growing marijuana near two schools.

Silverton Police say 55-year-old James Payne was sentenced to two years in prison and three years probation. He was convicted of manufacturing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and attempting to deliver pot to an undercover officer.

The Statesman Journal (http://is.gd/tdzn8y ) reports Payne was arrested after detectives connected him to a marijuana grow operation discovered when firefighters were putting out a fire.

Fifty-one-year-old Kathleen Eck,, who lived with Payne, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and three years probation after pleading guilty to delivering marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.

Payne and Eck also have been ordered to pay fines.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com