Man gets jail time for growing marijuana in 2015

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man must serve jail time for growing marijuana at his home near Edinburg in 2015.

Judge John McGrath sentenced Brian Lee Fadeley in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday to five years in prison with all but 7 months suspended for manufacturing marijuana in June 2015. McGrath sentenced Fadeley to one year, all time suspended, for one count of possession of methamphetamine. The judge ordered Fadeley to complete three years of supervised probation upon release.

An agreement between Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley and Fadeley’s lawyer David Downes called for the defendant to plead guilty to the two charges. The agreement also set the punishment.

In exchange, the court dismissed at the commonwealth’s request two remaining counts of manufacturing a controlled substance and two counts of child endangerment.

Wiseley provided a statement of the evidence the commonwealth intended to present had the case gone to trial.

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brent D. Lutz, also assigned to the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force, while patrolling south on Senedo Road on June 11, 2015, noticed a suspected marijuana plant growing in plain view of the residence at 22742 Senedo Road, Edinburg, according to information provided by Wiseley and court documents. Lutz visually confirmed that the plant was marijuana growing in a flower bed attached to the sally port to the north of the residence, according to an affidavit Lutz filed with the warrant to search the home. The public could see the plant from Senedo Road, Lutz states. The officer executed the search warrant June 24, 2015.

Authorities seized from the resident five marijuana plants – one on the back patio and four in the basement; two methamphetamine sludge pot samples, a miscellaneous smoking device, coffee filters, blue straws, aluminum foil, vials and note paper with residue, according to the search warrant inventory. Authorities also seized 17 firearms from various locations in the house, the inventory shows.

The offenses occurred June 1, 2015. Authorities arrested Fadeley in November 2016 after a grand jury handed up indictments charging the defendant with the crimes.