New York man sent to jail for selling marijuana, resisting arrest at 2018 Electric Forest.

April 18, 2019

New York man sent to jail for selling marijuana, resisting arrest at 2018 Electric Forest.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.


HART – A 36-year-old Binghamton, New York man was sentenced to one year in jail in 27th Circuit Court Monday, April 15, for convictions of delivery/manufacture of marijuana and assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer stemming from crimes he committed at the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury last summer.

Joseph Anthony Marshall was found guilty Oct. 29, 2018. One count of delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine and a second count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer were dismissed.

“Many of Mr. Marshall’s life choices have been driven by substance abuse issues and mental health issues,” said his attorney Kathy Springstead.

Marshall was visibly upset with his sentencing and felony conviction. “A felony is a scarlet letter,” he said. “I was caught with marijuana and six grams of ecstasy.”

“You attempted to evade the officers and they tased you,” said Judge Bradley G. Lambrix.

Marshall said the officers were undercover, and he didn’t know they were police. He said he was high on drugs, so he lacked better judgement.

Lambrix gave Marshall credit for 48 days served in jail. Marshall’s sentence also includes a driver’s license suspension for 180 days with a restricted license after 30 days and $490 in fines and costs.

As he exited the courtroom in handcuffs and shackles, Marshall said, “This is what it’s like to be black in Michigan.”

Sentencing guidelines in the case are two to 17 months.

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