Man who posted marijuana-growing videos on YouTube sentenced

Published On: Aug 28 2013 07:24:19 AM HST

An Auburn man arrested after posting YouTube videos of his marijuana-growing operation was sentenced to jail Tuesday.

In court, prosecutors said in that addition to the video postings, Kyle Berry made other big mistakes that led quickly to his arrest.

Berry pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled drug. Prosecutors said that last fall, he posted several videos online that showed his marijuana-growing operation in the basement of his Auburn home.

"Showing how to grow it, how to set it up, what chemicals he uses, where he gets his seeds," said Assistant Rockingham County Attorney Jerome Blanchard. "He's very detailed about how he is doing it."

Authorities were tipped off to the videos and began watching them. Eventually, Berry made several mistakes. In one video, his face was reflected off a shiny surface. Blanchard said there was other direct evidence identifying him.

"In a video dated Oct. 17, 2012, the defendant showed a package received from the United Kingdom containing marijuana seeds that shows the postage from the Royal Mail," Blanchard said. "The package has the defendant's name on it."

In court, Berry said he wasn't doing it to make money, but rather because of the pain he was in.

"I did it because since 13, I've had 17 surgeries," Berry said. "I didn't realize how bad the medications I was on were clouding my judgment and killing me."

Judge Marguerite Wageling said she was having a hard time believing that Berry was growing all of the marijuana for his own use. But she agreed with the defense attorney that Berry was not a drug kingpin.

"Someone can't be all that smart to go on YouTube and post the types of video footage that you did," Wageling said.

Berry was sentenced to one year in jail with four months suspended.

He also could have been fined $200,000, but Wageling fined him $500.


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