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Lowry pleads guilty to marijuana charge in Illinois


July 29, 2010
WOLFEBORO — Wolfeboro Supervisor of the Checklist and former police commissioner Jim Lowry, 53, pled guilty to one of three separate felony counts in the Henry County Courthouse in Cambridge, Illinois on July 20.

The partially-negotiated plea included the dismissal of two counts, leaving the count of Class X manufacture/delivery of cannabis (greater than 5,000 grams) intact.

In accepting the plea, the court found Lowry's open plea of guilty "to be knowingly and voluntarily made."

Lowry was arrested on March 27, 2009 on Interstate 80 in Illinois driving a pick up truck carrying 900 pounds of marijuana estimated to have a Midwest street value of $2.25 million. Bond was set at $500,000 with a minimum cash payment of $50,000 and Lowry was set free to return to his hometown.

The court ruled on July 20 that Lowry must pay a minimum fine of $50,000 and $3,400 in additional costs. Both parties entered into an agreement that includes a cap of 16 years incarceration under the Illinois Department of Corrections. Actual jail time will be determined following a pretrial sentencing investigation and a sentencing hearing set for Sept. 17.

Town Clerk Pat Waterman said that Lowry will have the opportunity to resign his post as supervisor of the checklist, but that the town will not take any action on the matter until it receives official notice from the Illinois court. "Knowing Jim," said Waterman, "he'll do the right thing."

Supervisors Tom O'Dowd and Dennis Bean will appoint a replacement once they receive Lowry's resignation.

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