NORFOLK, Va. - A Virginia man who was on the lam for more than a decade to avoid charges for running a marijuana growing operation will spend the next three years in prison.
Sixty-one-year-old James Baynor Jr. was indicted in June 2000 after investigators found marijuana plants, methamphetamine and harvested marijuana at his Chesapeake car repair business. Baynor fled the state, living under the name Jim Keasley in Florida and then Buckingham County, Va.
Baynor was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in July. He pleaded guilty to the 2000 indictment in September.
A federal judge in Norfolk sentenced Baynor Tuesday.
Baynor's attorney argued for a shorter sentencing, saying he had lived a quiet life as a part-time auto mechanic and farm hand for the decade he was on the loose.
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