July 24, 2016

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Man receives probation for marijuana self-medication

MEDINA — A 62-year-old Liverpool Township man will spend two years on probation for illegally growing marijuana in his home for self-medication.

Erin Staub

Erin Staub

John Staub

John Staub

John Staub, of 5580 Sleepy Hollow Road, pleaded guilty last month to illegal cultivation of marijuana, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison. He was sentenced Monday.

His wife, Erin Staub, 49, pleaded guilty in October to a reduced charge of attempted illegal cultivation, a fourth-degree felony. She could have faced up to 1½ years in prison but also was placed on probation.

Erin Staub had made a deal with prosecutors to reduce her charge in exchange for testifying against her husband at his trial.

At her December sentencing hearing, Erin Staub told Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier that she allowed her husband to grow the marijuana as a replacement for his medication.

She said she helped her husband mount a light over the plants because he had a bad back and couldn’t do it himself. She said that was the extent of her involvement.

In addition to probation, both Staubs had their driver’s licenses suspended for six months with privileges.

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

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.