July 31, 2014

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Judge to resentence marijuana grower

MEDINA — One of 12 people convicted for their involvement in a large indoor marijuana growing operation in 2007 could have his sentence shortened because of a successful appeal.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler sentenced Khuong V. Hoang, now 46, to 13 years in prison on Oct. 16, 2007.

A jury found Hoang guilty of charges ranging from illegal cultivation and possession of marijuana to conspiracy and complicity to commit those crimes.

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The 9th District Court of Appeals reversed Hoang’s sentence in August, writing that Hoang should be resentenced based on Ohio Supreme Court guidelines decided after his original hearing.

In a Tuesday journal entry, Kimbler set the resentencing hearing for Monday.

Hoang is serving his sentence at the Marion Correction Institution.

Hoang and 11 others — his brother Phu Hoang, Lai and Lan Vu, Tuan and Huong Nguyen, Tuan Do, Dung Ha, and Henry, Thanh, Hoa and Thana Tran — all were charged and convicted. All but Do were imprisoned, and eight are still behind bars.

The group, which included siblings and spouses, was arrested June 15, 2006, after police reported they found more than 600 marijuana plants, $60,000 worth of growing supplies and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash during raids at three “grow houses” in Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Township.

Many of the 12 defendants lived in the same apartment complex in Brunswick and would travel to the houses to care for the plants, police said. The houses were maintained, they said, to look like someone lived there.

Hoang and one other man received the highest sentences. Others were given eight or four years.

Under his original sentence, Hoang is set for release June 11, 2019.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.