Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Charge reduced in felony pot case

Stuart pleads guilty to possession of marijuana


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A felony marijuana charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor in the case of a 23-year-old Hailey man arrested in a traffic stop last December in south Hailey.

Christopher Beau Stuart was originally charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance after ready-for-sale marijuana packets were allegedly found in his possession on Dec. 12. Stuart pleaded guilty on Jan. 28 in Blaine County Magistrate Court to a lesser charge of possession of marijuana. He was sentenced Feb. 9.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office reported that the amount of marijuana found totaled about 1.4 ounces.

According to court records, Stuart was given a withheld judgment, which means that the offense can be removed from his record if he satisfies the terms of a 24-month probation. He was also sentenced to 365 days in jail with 321 days suspended and credit for 30 days time served.

Stuart was fined $200 plus $85 court costs and ordered to pay $200 in restitution for public defender services.

As part of his probation, Stuart is required to submit to random drug tests.

Stuart is the son of Hailey resident and former pop rock star Chad Stuart, who teamed with Jeremy Clyde in the 1960s as the British duo Chad & Jeremy.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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