MEDFORD, Ore. -- This case marked the first reported instance of violent crime at an OLCC licensed marijuana grow. On December 26th, 2016, authorities said Edward Molet and seven others beat the victim, James Bowen and robbed his marijuana farm in Wimer. Authorities said Molet and others flew from Atlanta and other parts of the country. Out of the eight accused, one is from southern Oregon. Molet was sentenced to 5 years in prison Wednesday morning.
"Is this something we have to start concerning ourselves with? People coming across the country to a farm in Oregon for marijuana grows?" said Judge Barnack.
"Yes the short answer is yes. It's actually an issue that's been coming up in multiple cases where there are out of state individuals coming to Oregon engaging in this kind of activity,” said the attorney.
Authorities said the 8 suspects, filled a rented truck with hundreds of pounds of harvested marijuana and then took off.
Employees found Bowman tied up a couple of hours later. Molet changed his plea to guilty today on robbery in the second degree and burglary in the first.
"I’d like to send a sincere apology to the victim and I really am sorry for getting caught up in this mess," Molet said.
An attorney in the courtroom said one of the seven co-defendants is lodged in the Jackson County Jail awaiting trial.