MARIETTA - Beverly resident Scott Armstrong was sentenced Thursday morning to 45 days in jail and three years community control for growing marijuana at his residence.
Armstrong, 30, was sentenced on fifth-degree felony illegal cultivation of marijuana after an April arrest. His sentencing took place in Washington County Common Pleas Judge Ed Lane's courtroom.
Washington County Public Defender Ray Smith said officials from the Washington County Sheriff's Office found about 21 marijuana plants at Armstrong's home when they served a search warrant there.
"They got a statement from a confidential informant," Smith said.
Smith said Armstrong used marijuana for "medicinal purposes" because he has a kidney disorder. Smith noted that Armstrong is participating in counseling through L&P Services, getting tested for drugs on a weekly basis.
Smith said Armstrong has been passing all the drug tests and he has five more counseling sessions left.
During the sentencing, Lane ordered the forfeiture of three firearms which were found at Armstrong's residence at the same time the marijuana was discovered.
"Obviously, now that he's convicted of a drug offense, he's not entitled to posses those weapons or own them or use them," said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.