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Probation for Geneva man possessing pot

A Geneva man caught with 69 marijuana plants on his property last year has pleaded guilty, according to Kane County court records.

Gregory T. Panzer, 59, was charged in September 2013 with producing/possessing between 50 and 200 marijuana plants, a Class 2 felony; possession of 30 to 500 grams of marijuana, a Class 4 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

Geneva police had reportedly gone to Panzer’s house while following up on a harassment complaint, where they were told that a man’s estranged girlfriend’s neighbor allegedly was growing marijuana in his backyard.

When Panzer came outside, police reportedly inquired about what was growing in his backyard. Panzer reportedly escorted police to his backyard, where marijuana plants were growing 15 inches from his house and along the eastern fence line.

Wednesday, Panzer pleaded guilty to producing/possessing marijuana plants, and the other charges were dismissed, records show.

Judge Karen M. Simpson sentenced him to 24 months of probation and $5,495 in fines and costs. Records indicate he has yet to pay a balance of $3,245.

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