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Man convicted of flying pot into WI should have chance to appeal


CHICAGO, IL (WTAQ) - A federal appeals court said a failed Hollywood screen writer should have been allowed to challenge a conviction for flying a $500,000 of marijuana into southern Wisconsin.

Trevor Ryan of Ukiah, California was sentenced to 65 months in a federal prison.

That was after he struck a plea deal which convicted him for flying in 157-pounds of high-grade pot to the airport in Mineral Point.

Ryan later asked that his conviction and sentence be dropped, but his request was denied.

On Friday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Ryan should have been given the chance to appeal. The judges ordered that testimony be heard on his arguments.

Ryan told authorities he flew the marijuana into Wisconsin as a last-ditch effort to make money to produce a movie. His attorney said in 2009 that Ryan moved to L.A. to make it big as a screen writer. But when he failed to sell scripts, he got depressed – and his self-pity led to his quote, “wrong and stupid decision” to sell marijuana in Wisconsin.

Prosecutors said Ryan was simply motivated by greed.