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Former Mayor of Jamaica, Iowa gets probation in marijuana case

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2019 | 12:35 PM

JAMAICA, Iowa (AP) — The former mayor of a central Iowa community has been given two years of probation after pleading guilty to marijuana charges.

Guthrie County court records say former Jamaica Mayor LaDonna Kennedy was sentenced and given a deferred judgment Friday.

Under a deferred judgment, her conviction can be removed from her record if she were to successfully complete the terms of her probation.

Kennedy and her husband, 59-year-old Randy Kennedy, were arrested Jan. 16 on various drug charges after Guthrie County sheriff’s deputies searching for a suspect in a separate crime knocked on their door.

The suspect wasn’t found, but deputies called for a search warrant after smelling an “overwhelming odour of raw marijuana” coming from the home.

Investigators say 18 marijuana plants, several bags of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.

She resigned after her arrest.

Court records say Randy Kennedy pleaded guilty as well and was given 10 years in prison, suspended, and two years of probation.

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