A 50-year-old man was fined nearly $10,000 and sentenced to 30 months probation after pleading guilty to growing more than 50 marijuana plants in the backyard of his home near South Elgin.
Kenneth S. Krejckant, of the 1000 block of West Drive, can be resentenced to up to seven years in prison if he violates his probation on the felony offense.
He was fined $9,845 and given 30 months of community service under a plea agreement approved Thursday by Kane County Judge Robert Morrow, according to a court records.
Kane County Sheriff's deputies arrested Krejckant in September 2012 after a witness spotted the plants growing in his backyard. Officials could not specify how many were growing, but said at least two were very large. Deputies could see the plants in the backyard when they arrived, officials said.
Krejckant did not have a serious criminal record, although he did have a DUI arrest in 2007 in South Elgin. He pleaded guilty, was fined more than $1,500, ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and given 18 months of probation.
A message left with Krejckant's defense attorney, Kim DiGiovanni, was not returned.