go to MSN.com
Found April 17, 2013 on 5thRound.com:

Via 5thRound.com:

Looks like Josh Rosenthal won’t be celebrating 4/20 this year. It appears Rosenthal’s MMA refereeing career may have gone up in smoke after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute.

According to court documents obtained by MMAJunkie on Wednesday, Rosenthal was arrested last year on felony charges after authorities raided an Oakland, California warehouse owned by Rosenthal and an associate and confiscated 1,356 marijuana plants.

The street value of the weed was roughly $6 million.

Rosenthal initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in October, but changed his tune in January as part of a plea agreement.

Under terms of the deal, prosecutors are recommending 37 months in jail, fines and five years of probation, during which he would be subject to random searches. Without the plea, Rosenthal faced 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years probation.

Rosenthal is scheduled for sentencing May 17.

Quite a sticky icky predicament for one of MMA’s top refs. 

 

More from 5thRound.com:
2 Comments:
  • his warehouse is in the wrong state. stupid that the stuff is not legal. what better way to paid the taxes for this country.
  • This is criminal not the marijuana. There are dispensaries and delivery stores all over my area in Sacramento and the entire state,somebody has to grow it, it is not that many plants really considering demand for the legal product! The only reason 1500 plants are worth $ 6million dollars is because it was illegal! Imagine if watermelons or apples were illegal, they would be $50 an apple too,an orchard would sound like a billion dollar enterprise! I can see if there was tax dodging but that is not mentioned here and certainly would have had stiffer consequences, 3 years of a mans life in a prison for this non violent alleged offense is what offends me as an American. Try sitting in a closet with a light bulb on alone for 23 hours and for 1 hour MAYBE let yourself walk around the back yard 30 times in circles and go back to your closet.
    Oh yes, there are homicidal killers, serial killers, sociopaths, the dregs of the earth there that do belong there and they want to rape you too!Is this what we want? What in the world did he do to deserve to be destroyed?
    The set up of if you assert your rights you must be penalized is anti American and makes many criminals out of those who are not but unwilling to roll the dice on a potential lifetime sentence! or even 10 yrs, he should be able to go to trial knowing if he loses he has the punishment initially offered by the DA, This is a brave soul who would ever assert their rights in this scenario no matter how innocent you were!
    This sickens and saddens me.
THE BACKYARD
MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Report: Cowboys looking to add Michael Sam to practice squad

The St. Louis Rams cut defensive end Michael Sam at the NFL’s 53-man roster deadline Saturday, but Sam might find a new home soon. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Dallas Cowboys are “doing research” into the plan of signing Sam to their practice squad. #Cowboys spent today calling players, gauging reaction to signing Michael Sam. They’ll have him in...
Via NESN.com
40 minutes ago

Jim Irsay suspended six games, fined $500K by NFL

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been suspended six games and fined $500 thousand by the National Football League. This punishment comes on the heels of the eccentric owner pleading guilty to one misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Iray was arrested on DUI and drug possession charges early this past offseason.  Colts owner Jim Irsay suspended 6 games...
Via Sportsnaut
2 hours ago

Yost: Royals may have caved under pressure of large crowds

Less than a week after Ned Yost ripped Kansas City fans for not showing up to games when their team is in a pennant race, the Royals manager wondered over the weekend if playing in front of such a large crowd was an issue for his players. The Royals lost a couple of crucial games […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 hours ago

Jim Harbaugh says domestic violence won’t be tolerated

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is sending a very hard message to the players on his team, and it doesn’t hold well for the future of Ray McDonald. McDonald was arrested on domestic violence charges on Sunday, and his head coach has a no-tolerance policy for domestic violence. Harbaugh told KNBR that he […]
Via Full Scale Sports
4 hours ago

Manning, Gase will not be punished for April Alabama visit

The Denver Broncos, quarterback Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Adam Gase will not be fined or punished for an April visit to the University of Alabama, reports ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. The Broncos were informed that they would not be punished early in training camp. Manning and Gase had gone to Tuscaloosa in early April and met with Alabama coach Nick Saban.  But the...
Via Sports-Glory
5 hours ago

Rams' Westbrooks got face tat to avoid working normal jobs

TweetSometimes people have strange methods to motivate themselves… St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end (no, not THAT one) Ethan Westbrooks has revealed that the reason behind his interesting placement of a tattoo was as a way to keep him focused on playing football instead of working a regular 9-5: Westbrooks was working at a Toys ‘R’ Us in Sacramento while playing football...
Via Los That Sports Blog
6 hours ago

Ray Allen reportedly in 'no rush' in deciding on future

.
Via The Kevin Burke Project
6 hours ago

Pitchers give combined no-hitter ball to ill team president

After starter Cole Hamels and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon threw the first combined no-hitter in Philadelphia Phillies history on Monday, there was no argument on who the prized final game ball should go to — and, to a player, there was only one choice.The game ball, they decided, will be delivered to team president David Montgomery, who took a medical...
Via The Other Paper
7 hours ago

Brady on Mankins: 'Nobody stood for Patriot football more'

As they gear up for the regular season, NFL teams often make tough decisions that aren’t always popular among teammates and fans. Count the Logan Mankins trade among those decisions. The New England Patriots surprised many last week by trading the Pro Bowl offensive lineman to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in return for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick. After...
Via NESN.com
9 hours ago

Report: Texans, J.J. Watt reach agreement on extension

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Texans have reached an agreement in principle with Pro Bowl J.J. Watt on a long-term contract extension. Watt, 25, was set to make just $1,907,385 for the 2014 season and another $6.97 million if he played out the 2015 season under his fifth-year option. Last year, he produced 80 tackles, 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
16 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.