Jemison man sentenced for marijuana charge

Published 3:26 pm Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Jemison man received a sentence of 24 months of supervised probation on Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to possession of marijuana first degree.

Aaron James Rueter, 44, of Jemison, was sentenced shortly after 9 a.m. before Chilton County Circuit Judge Ben A. Fuller.

Rueter was arrested in August 2014 after officers with the Jemison Police Department seized 786 marijuana plants, two ounces of marijuana already harvested and multiple articles of drug paraphernalia from Rueter’s home.

At the time of Rueter’s arrest, authorities said Alabama State Troopers Marijuana Eradication Task Force flew over Reuter’s home on County Road 5 in Jemison and spotted the marijuana from the air.

JDP officers, along with assisting agencies from the state, the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department and Clanton Police Department, secured the residence and took Rueter into custody.

At the time of the arrest, authorities estimated the street value for the marijuana was more than $1.5 million.

Rueter was scheduled to appear in court in April for his plea date where he would have the option to inform the court whether the case would go to trial or whether he would enter a plea of guilty, according to court records.

An order filed by Fuller in April said Rueter’s plea was held open and Fuller scheduled the case to go to trial July 27.

The case never went to trial and Rueter entered a plea agreement in July, according to court records.