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Newton man convicted on weapons, marijuana charges

WICHITA — A 50-year-old Newton man has been convicted on federal charges of growing more than 200 marijuana plants in his home, authorities said today.

A jury found Judah Prince guilty on one count of manufacturing marijuana and 26 counts of using a false address when he filled out federal paperwork to determine whether he was eligible to purchase firearms.

When agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives served a search warrant at Prince's home, they found 204 marijuana plants growing inside the house, according to evidence resented at his trial.

The agents also found more than 35 firearms, including rifles, shotguns and pistols. Sentencing is set for June 28.

Prince faces a penalty of at least 10 years and no more than life on the marijuana count, and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine of up to $250,000 on each firearms count.

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