Man, 19, gets probation for marijuana possession NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

June 18, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

A Hampstead man received probation before judgment yesterday on a marijuana possession charge that arose out of an incident at North Carroll High School last June.

Sean Edward Seets, 19, of the 2400 block of Fairmount Road, was placed on two years of unsupervised probation by Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Francis M. Arnold.

Seets was a senior at the school when he was arrested June 12 after other students told Principal Gregory Eckles they had seen Seets showing marijuana to his friends, said Seets' attorney, Public Defender Samuel Truette.

The principal called the police, and Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell confiscated about 1.8 grams of marijuana from Seets, according to court records.

"He said he found the marijuana on the school grounds, he showed it to some people, more a trophy than anything else," Mr. Truette told the judge.

Seets was suspended from school for five days, Mr. Truette said, and shortly after that, quit school and ran into problems with his family.

Mr. Truette said that although Seets has had difficulty getting back on his feet and staying there -- the defendant did not complete a drug program he entered at Junction Inc. -- he should be given another chance.

"But now he's back with his family, has a full-time job . . . and bales hay on the weekends, and will be getting his GED [General Education Development certificate]," Mr. Truette said. "His primary concern, well, he is actually terrified he is going to jail."

Judge Arnold said he would not send Seets to jail, but would give him "an opportunity to keep it out of the record" by giving him probation before judgment.

If Seets completes the conditions of his probation and does not break the law during that time, the case will be dropped.

Seets also was ordered to complete 24 hours of community service and pay $75 for the public defender's fee.

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