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January 18, 2014

Dann sentenced to prison for manufacturing pot

CLINTON — A Clinton man will face up to five years in prison after being sentenced on Thursday for manufacturing a controlled substance and the failure to affix tax stamps.

Gabriel A. Dann, 36, pleaded guilty on Dec. 13, 2013 to the manufacturing of marijuana and the failure to affix tax stamps on 18 plants found by the Clinton Police Department on Jan. 4, 2013.

Upon his guilty plea, the state recommended that Dann be incarcerated consecutively for both accounts because of his extensive criminal history and his danger to the community.

Although Clinton County judge Mark Lawson agreed to the recommendation to incarcerate Dann, he did not feel the sentence needed to be served consecutively and ordered concurrent prison time for the two felony offenses.

Dann's extensive criminal history contains a variety of felony charges and misdemeanors including two prior controlled substance felonies and two counts of child endangerment, among others.

Because he had been given an opportunity to serve probation and avoid prison time in his previous convictions and still was unable to obey the law, Lawson felt that a "brief session" of incarceration was an appropriate sentencing.

However, since Dann was able to stay out of trouble between his 2003 controlled substance arrest and the Jan. 4, 2013 event, Lawson did not feel the sentence needed to be served consecutively.

According to Lawson, Dann will be eligible for parol upon his incarceration date and with good behavior, his term could be reduced.

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