An Indiana man who grew marijuana in Latah County is to spend 18 months in federal prison under a sentence imposed this week in Coeur d'Alene.
Kevin Brett Waters, 45, said he planted 67 plants on co-defendant Dawn C. Wilson's property in Kamiah before leaving for Alaska in spring 2008 to go fishing. Authorities found about 175 pants on the property in August 2008. Wilson said she was caring for the plants while Waters was gone, police said.
Wilson, 54, was sentenced in June 2009 to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants.
Waters, who moved back to Lebanon, Indiana, after his arrest, pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to manufacture between 5 and 10 kilograms of marijuana. In addition to 18 months in prison, he'll be probation for three years and is to perform 120 hours of community service.
He was sentenced Monday in Coeur d'Alene by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge. A sentencing memorandum disecribed him as an active member of the Moose Lodge in Indiana who has worked as a mechanic, tree cutter, in the restaurant industry and on the fishing boats in Alaska.
The case was investigated by Nez Perce Tribal Police, the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, the Idaho State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.