South Nevada County couple found guilty in pot sales case to ask for new trial
Sentencing for a South County couple found guilty of possessing marijuana for sale was postponed Monday after their defense attorney said she would be filing a motion for a new trial.
Nevada County Sheriff’s narcotics detectives had served a search warrant at the Blue Heron Way residence of Nancy and Craig Krekorian on July 17, 2014, after spotting the couple’s marijuana grow during an overflight.
Sheriff’s deputies testified during the trial in Nevada County Superior Court that they found 144 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, along with five medical marijuana recommendations.
After the couple’s arrest, Craig Krekorian, who is disabled and who is on Social Security, reportedly said they would deliver their excess marijuana to a Southern California dispensary and would be paid about $2,000 a pound; he estimated they made about $100,000 to $200,000 a year, and said he knew selling it was illegal but that the couple needed to supplement their income.
Nancy Krekorian reportedly said she sold marijuana to pay her bills, and said she made about $25,000 in 2014, and had spent $15,000 for supplies. She reportedly told a detective she didn’t know what a collective was, and she didn’t know the names of the buyers.
During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Oliver Pong argued that the jury should rely on the tape-recorded interviews made at the time of the search, rather than on evidence presented at the trial by defense attorney Jennifer Granger showing that the Krekorians were part of a medical collective that subsequently destroyed its records.
Nancy and Craig Krekorian were each found guilty on felony charges of possession of marijuana for sale; the couple was found not guilty on felony charges of cultivating marijuana.
The Krekorians face up to three years in jail.
At the time, Granger called the split verdict “inconsistent” and “puzzling,” and said the jury might have been confused about how the medical marijuana defense applied to the case.
Granger unsuccessfully argued a motion to disclose personal juror information last month.
On Monday, she indicated that one of the grounds for a new trial was confusion regarding the jury instructions; a hearing on the motion was set for Jan. 8.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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