September 23, 2010
WOLFEBORO — It's been nearly a year and a half since residents read of the arrest in Illinois of former Wolfeboro police commissioner and supervisor of the checklist Jim Lowry, 53, with 900 pounds of marijuana in the back of his pickup truck. The street value was estimated at $2.25 million.
Lowry's passenger that day, Lillian Houghton, 71, of Cold Spring, New York, was released. The judge found no probable cause to hold her. Her connection to Lowry while he was engaged in the act of drug trafficking remains a mystery.
Subsequent motions from defense to suppress the evidence were denied and on July 20, 2010, the court ruled that Lowry must pay a minimum fine of $50,000 and $3,400 in additional costs. Lowry pled guilty to one of three felony counts, and both parties entered into an agreement that also includes a cap of 16 years incarceration under the Illinois Department of Corrections.
According to recent information from the Henry County Court, a pretrial sentencing investigation was completed and filed on Sept. 13, but the sentencing, originally scheduled for Sept. 17, has been moved to Oct. 13.
Lowry, free on $50,000 cash bail supplied by a Wolfeboro friend, has a reprieve until that date.
He resigned as a Supervisor of the Checklist in Wolfeboro shortly after he entered a guilty plea.