Woman found guilty in cannabis trial

A Fayette County jury deliberated only 15 minutes before finding a rural Vandalia woman guilty of cannabis manufacture.
Tammy L. Finley, 50, was convicted of the unlawful manufacture of between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of cannabis.
Finley was charged with the offense, a Class 1 felony, on Sept. 17, 2010. The offense is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $150,000.
Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Chancey, who prosecuted the case, said the charges alleged that Finley was involved in the manufacture of 4,786 grams of cannabis.
The trial ended at lunch time on Tuesday, after Chancey and Finley’s attorney, Public Defender Ed Potter, delivered closing arguments and the trial judge, Judge S. Gene Schwarm of Loogootee, presented jury instructions.
After returning from lunch, the jury began deliberations at 1:05 p.m. They announced at 1:20 p.m. that they had reached a verdict, according to court records.
A sentencing hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on May 25.

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