Orneville Township brothers sentenced for growing marijuana

Bradley Stone
Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office
Bradley Stone
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 19, 2011, at 7:16 p.m.

BANGOR — Two Orneville Township brothers were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to prison for growing marijuana on their adjacent properties.

Bradley Stone, 47, was sentenced to 23 months in prison. Michael Stone, 50, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison. The younger brother has a longer and more recent criminal history.

U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock ordered Michael Stone to pay a $1,000 fine and begin serving his sentence on March 16.

The judge did not order Bradley Stone to pay a fine because he owes $26,000 in back child support, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey, who prosecuted the case.

In addition to prison time, Woodcock sentenced the brothers to three years of supervised release after each completes his prison term.

Michael Stone pleaded guilty in April and Bradley Stone pleaded guilty in August to manufacturing marijuana.

The Stones were arrested on Sept. 21 at their homes on Lyford Road, according to the prosecution’s version of events filed in federal court. In a wooded area behind the houses, agents found about 30 marijuana plants.

On Monday, Woodcock found both men responsible for the plants grown on the adjacent properties, Casey said after the sentencing.

Both were freed on $1,000 unsecured bail but Bradley Stone surrendered after pleading guilty so that the time he was held in jail while awaiting sentencing would be applied to his sentence.

Michael Stone also was charged with possession of a firearm by an illegal drug user. That charge was dropped Monday as part of his plea agreement.

Each man faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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