The Clarion Ledger reports 46-year-old Patrick Beadle was initially convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to eight years in prison without the need of parole. Beadle’s lawyer, Cynthia Stewart, mentioned Tuesday that a judge vacated the trafficking conviction and has let Beadle rather plead guilty to drug possession. The new 12-year sentence comes with the possibility of parole immediately after 3 years.
Beadle says the marijuana was for his chronic knee discomfort. Prosecutors have mentioned the only proof that could point to drug trafficking was the quantity of marijuana, which totaled almost 3 pounds.
The drugs had been found when a Mississippi deputy pulled Beadle more than in 2017 for drifting more than a highway line, which Beadle disputes.