The sentencing hearing for a Frankfort man who grew 3,200 marijuana plants in about four months in 2011 was postponed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
Corey Leitz, 41, pleaded guilty in September 2012 to knowingly growing more than 1,000 marijuana plants from August to December 2011, and admitted there were actually 3,200 plants at his growing operation inside a barn at 162 McIntyre Rd., Frankfort. He also admitted to prosecutors he sold the marijuana to numerous customers in Herkimer County and elsewhere.
It was the second felony drug conviction for Leitz, who had a state conviction in 1998. That doubled the minimum sentence for his September 2012 conviction from 10 to 20 years.
In addition to a minimum of 20 years in prison, and possibly life, Leitz will face a minimum of 10 years of post-release supervision and up to a $20,000 fine when he returns to court on Feb. 6.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Brown and resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New York State Police and the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.