A man accused of stealing a pair of valuable, though THC-lacking, hemp plants from a Bay County farm along with his brother and another man has received a probationary sentence.

Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill on Monday, June 8, sentenced Mario A. Khoury, 24, to one year of probation. The judge ordered 365 days in jail held in abeyance, meaning Khoury will only have to serve the time if he violates probation. Gill gave him credit for two days already served.

Gill also ordered Khoury to pay $258 in fines and costs.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred the night of Oct. 18. About 8:30 p.m., the owner of a hemp farm in Monitor Township noticed suspicious activity on surveillance cameras overlooking a crop field and notified a security guard, police reports contained in court records show. The guard responded and spotted a white Chevrolet Avalanche drive away from a field.

Bay County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the Avalanche on southbound Interstate 75 minutes later. It had a non-functioning taillight.

The Avalanche contained Khoury and two others, court records show.

Mario Khoury, of Saginaw, opened the Avalanche’s rear door and showed deputies two hemp plants, their stems spray-painted orange. Deputies searched the vehicle and found a loaded 9mm handgun in the center console, as well as two machetes, court records show.

Mario Khoury apologized to deputies, saying he and his brother had been out target shooting earlier in the day and he’d forgotten the gun was there, police reports state.

Source: https://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw-bay-city/2020/06/man-who-stole-expensive-hemp-plants-from-bay-county-farm-gets-probation.html