Dog breeder sentenced for growing marijuana
LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY
A malamute breeder who convicted last year of 91 counts of animal cruelty has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for manufacturing marijuana.
Mike Chilinski of Jefferson County previously pleaded guilty to the marijuana charge after an October 2011 raid on his kennel led to the discovery of 336 marijuana plants and more than 1,000 grams of processed marijuana.
The Independent Record reports the sentence handed down Thursday by U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell is to begin after Chilinski completes whatever prison time he receives in the animal cruelty case.
The 52-year-old Chilinski was sentenced in that case to 30 years with the Montana Department of Corrections, with 25 suspended. But his lawyers earlier indicated he may be paroled within a year to start serving the federal sentence.