A Kentucky man is going to prison for growing marijuana in Iowa farm fields. Sixty-year-old Cecil Burnett of Monticello, Kentucky was sentenced Wednesday to six-and-a-half years in prison after entering a guilty plea earlier this year to growing hundreds of marijuana plants in Iowa.
Burnett admitted that in June 2008, he traveled to Iowa from Kentucky with his son and another man to plant marijuana in farmers’ corn fields. The three men were spotted working after dark in a field in Iowa County. Police stopped their pickup on Interstate 80 and found 506 pot plants.
An additional 877 plants were found in a different farm field a few months later. Burnett’s son, Kelly, was sentenced in September to five years in prison. The third individual, David Criswell, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.