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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 16, 2014

Cone, Hollrah sentenced on marijuana charges in federal court

By RUSTY EBERT, Ledger correspondent | Jan 02, 2013

Richard Lee Cone of 16855 Heather Ave., Keosauqua, was sentenced Dec. 11 in U.S. District Court in Davenport to 75 months in federal prison for his role in a marijuana operation on his property.

Kim Lane Hollrah of Fairfield was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, ordered to serve four years of supervised release and fined $10,000 for his role in the marijuana operation.

According to court documents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office objected to Hollrah’s sentence. The sentencing guidelines called for a prison term of 37 to 46 months.

Cone was sentenced in the middle of the sentencing guidelines, which ranged from 70 to 87 months, with a 60 months statutory mandatory minimum, according to court documents. He also was ordered to serve four years in supervised release upon release from prison, participate in a program of testing and/or treatment for substance abuse, not use alcohol or patronize businesses where more than 50 percent of the revenue is derived from the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Two parties — Cone’s wife Rebecca M. Cone and Community First Bank — contested the government’s request to forfeit the 180-acre property at 16855 Heather Ave.

In an agreement, Rebecca Cone, who said she had a buyer for the property, will be allowed to retain one-half of the proceeds of the property, reduced by the amount paid to Community First Bank. The remainder of the proceeds must be paid to the U.S. Marshals Service. Monday was the deadline for a purchase agreement. After that date, the U.S. could proceed with forfeiture of the property.

In a stipulation between the U.S. and the bank, the government agreed not to contest payment to the bank from the proceeds after the sale of the property to pay unpaid principal due to the bank, and the bank agreed not to pursue any other rights it might have under the mortgage instruments, including the right to foreclose upon and sell the property.

Cone had pleaded guilty in August to conspiring with co-defendant Hollrah to “knowingly manufacture and distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana.”

Hollrah had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute at least 100 kilograms of a mixture or substance containing marijuana.

Cone and Hollrah were originally arrested in October 2010 by Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. About 830 pounds of marijuana and various other items associated with the manufacture and use of marijuana, such as seeds, packaging materials, scales and growing chemicals were seized at Cone’s residence.

Both men were charged in Van Buren District Court shortly after the seizure, but those charges were dropped after the federal indictment about a year later.

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