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Former Geneva doctor gets 8 years in prison for felony pot production

Plea deal lands former Geneva doctor in prison

Mark G. Lewis pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification Card. Lewis is also scheduled to go on trial on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault.
Mark G. Lewis pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification Card. Lewis is also scheduled to go on trial on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault.

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A former Geneva doctor has been sentenced to prison for possessing a large amount of marijuana in the basement of his St. Charles home, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.

Kane County Circuit Judge John Barsanti sentenced Mark G. Lewis, 58, to an eight-year prison sentence March 2 and assessed a fine of $137,720, the release stated.

Lewis pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification Card, also a felony.

Barsanti accepted the plea and scheduled the sentencing for a later date, the release stated.

Prosecutors said the North Central Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at Lewis’s St. Charles residence on May 7, 2015 and found 110 marijuana plants, more than 11,000 grams of processed marijuana, a handgun and ammunition, Kane County Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Orland stated in court, according to the release.

Lewis’s Firearm Owners Identification Card had been revoked, the release stated.

Lewis remains in custody at the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of $1 million bail. His bond was revoked upon conviction, the release stated.

In addition, Lewis is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, also a Class X felony, and felony criminal sexual assault. His trial in the case is set to begin July 16, the release stated.

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