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Lawyer takes plea deal in pot case

A former substitute judge in Shenandoah County has agreed to serve 30 days in jail for possession of marijuana.

Attorney James Allamong was arrested last fall after authorities found marijuana plants growing on his property while investigating a nearby fire.

He was charged with felony possession with intent to distribute, and felony manufacturing of marijuana. But according to The Daily News Record, Allamong accepted a plea agreement that amended the charges to misdemeanor possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Retired Arlington County Judge Paul Sheridan handled the case after all judges in the 26th Judicial District recused themselves. Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert was the prosecutor.

Sheridan sentenced Allamong to 30 days in jail. The sentence included 12 months suspended jail time, a $500 fine, two years probation and 200 hours of community service.

Allamong is still practicing law in Shenandoah County, The Daily News Record reports.

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