FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri brother and sister have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for growing marijuana in their apartment.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo. reports that 24-year-old David DePriest was sentenced Tuesday to 22 years in prison, and his 36-year-old sister, Natalie DePriest, received a 15-year sentence. Both lived in Farmington at the time of their arrest.
Their attorney, Dan Viets had asked for probation. Viets is state coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Assistant St. Francois County prosecutor Pat King had sought the maximum sentence against David DePriest, calling it a large-scale operation and noting that he had guns and bullet-proof vests. Viets said 12 plants and eight baby sprouts in a closet are not a large operation.
Officials with the University of Missouri - St. Louis say the North and South campuses are closed today, due to a water outage.
An email that went to students and faculty says all day and evening classes are canceled and everyone is excused.
No information on what caused to water outage was available.
Police have blocked off several streets surround a home in St. John.
Officers say a man has barricaded himself inside a home in the 3600 block of Marvin. The SWAT team is on site and they are attempting to negotiate with the man. Police are advising neighbors to stay inside their homes.