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updated: 8/9/2012 8:25 AM

Indiana man sentenced for 52 pounds of mailed marijuana

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A northern Indiana judge says he favors decriminalizing marijuana but that he couldn't avoid punishing a man for getting 52 pounds of the drug through the mail.

A St. Joseph County jury convicted 56-year-old Guy McDaniel last month on drug possession charges stemming from his February arrest after police say he signed at his South Bend home for two packages holding the marijuana using a fake name.

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The South Bend Tribune reports McDaniel apologized in court Wednesday for what he called a mistake. Judge John Marnocha told McDaniel he doesn't like putting someone behind bars for a little marijuana, but that his wasn't a case of a little marijuana.

The judge agreed with prosecutors and ordered a two-year prison sentence for McDaniel.

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