Polk County Marijuana Dealer Given 27-Month Federal Sentence

Monday, June 9, 2014

A Polk County marijuana dealer was given a 27-month sentence in Federal Court on Monday.

David Matthew Hillard told family members as he was led from the courtroom, "I'll be out in 13 and a half months."

Law enforcement officers in July and August 2011 made controlled buys of 12 grams of marijuana from Hillard.

Myrlene Marsa of the Federal Defender's Office asked for leniency in the case, saying that some states have decriminalized marijuana and that some federal districts have chosen not to go after marijuana dealers.

She asked that half of the sentence be in home confinement. Judge Sandy Mattice denied that motion.

The sentencing range was 27-33 months.

Prosecutor Jay Woods said Hillard has five prior felonies.

He was given a four-year prison sentence out of Polk County in November 2007. That was for selling drugs.

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